MASSAGE: A RELAXATION MODALITY OR A HEALING THERAPY?
BOTH! Massage affects your body, mind and emotions. If you are a person who has no aches and pains, and whose body moves the way you want and need it to, massage can be used to relax and relieve everyday stress. Gliding strokes relax your muscles and the rhythm can relax the mind. You reconnect with yourself almost in a meditative state. After a relaxation massage you feel refreshed and renewed. Massage is a great way to maintain health and vitality.
Massage is also a great tool to use for a healing therapy! While short term effects of massage are decreased heart rate, muscle relaxation and increased mood, massage can also release adhesions, elongate shortened muscles, relax contractions, reduce pain and assist body alignment. It is used to promote joint function, flexibility, and range of motion. It can enhance tissue repair and improve connective tissue health. Massage increases circulation to skin, muscles, and organs. Massage affects the tissues of the skin, the skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, and lymphatic, respiratory, digestive and ultimately all body systems. (Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques; p.40-59, Benjamin)
Stimulate sensory receptors in skin
Increase superficial circulation
Facilitate healthy scar formation
Promote optimal joint flexibility & ROM
Promote proper skeletal alignment
Milk metabolic wastes in venous & lymph flow
Elicit muscle relaxation
Enhance connective tissue health
Release myofascial adhesions
Stimulate relaxation response
Release of endorphins with nervous syst.
Increase general and local circulation
Reduce blood pressure and heart rate
Increase lymph fluid movement
Improve immune function
Encourage diaphragmatic breathing
Relax muscles of respiration
Improve digestion with relaxation
Facilitate bowel movement
Enhance circulation to kidneys
Increase urinary production
Improve reproductive function with relaxation
Relieve muscle pain from tension and poor circulation
Deactivate myofascial trigger points
Induce release of endorphins
Massage can also reduce anxiety and promote feelings of general well being.
These effects do not occur during every massage session. The technique used and the qualities of movement help determine which effects are likely to occur.
(From Table 3-1 pg42&43 Tappans Handbook for Healing Massage Technique, Benjamin)
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