Relaxing Massage and Its Benefits

Massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues. Massage techniques are commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or a device. The purpose of massage is generally for the treatment of body stress or pain. A person professionally trained to give massages is traditionally known as a masseur (male) or a masseuse (female) in European countries. In the United States, these individuals are often referred to as massage therapists because they must be certified and licensed as “Licensed Massage Therapists.”

In professional settings, clients are treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor. There are many different modalities in the massage industry including but not limited to: Swedish, deep tissue, structural integration, trigger point, manual lymphatic drainage, sports massage, Thai massage, and medical-massage. 

A massage of the whole body: quiet music, dim lights and a sense of peace – it’s heaven. But what most people do not realize is that your body goes into full activation during a massage even if you may be in a state of complete rest. A massage stimulates the neurological system, wakes up the muscles, the organs and the glands, moves blood and lymph fluid to generate and release chemicals and hormones via a multiplicity of cellular forces.

To revitalize yourself and counteract the effects of stress, your body requires a massage.

What are some of the lesser-known benefits of receiving a massage?

1. Soothing skin 

The mild friction of your hands, massage lotion and oils, provides a moderate exfoliation, which allows for the emergence of fresh skin cells.

2. Enhanced supply of bone blood 

Were you aware that your bones also have a blood supply and receive the same benefits as your muscles from massage? Blood flow brings calcium and other minerals to your bones to support their strength and function, so your skeletal system receives a major boost from massage.

3. Healthy Heart 

Your heart also has a complete body massage. The massage vasodilatation boost your blood flow and the supply of oxygen to all your organisms in turn. Your whole cardiovascular system relaxes and your entire body increases circulation. Activation of the “rest and digest” mode of the parasympathetic nervous system helps control blood pressure and heart rate.

4. Digestive welfare 

Stress is particularly damaging for the digestive system, and a whole body massage can affect how food and nutrients are processed by your body. The parasympathetic nervous system controls your digestion, produces necessary substances (like saliva, gastric juice, and insulin)   and encourages peristalsis.

Classical Swedish massages have an optional abdominal massage that functions directly to control the end stages of digestion on your large intestine. If food is moving easily through the digestive system you work together for optimal nutritional absorption to support general well-being. your stomach, bile blood, pancreas and intestine.

5. Breathing enhanced 

At the beginning of the massage, you might be ask by your massage therapist to take a deep breath. Free breathing is one of the quickest ways to reduce tension and a relief might be your first breathing on a massage table. Besides the diaphragm, the rib, thorn and neck muscles help to breathe.

Since so much strain in the muscles of our shoulder, chest, and neck is accumulating, it is no wonder when we are worried that our respiration is constricted. As you relax deeper in the massage and deepen and evade your breathing, the massage therapist will work into stiff muscles to alleviate stiffness in the muscles that help breath. Your MT may also massage your intercostal muscle between the ribs, which are vital to normal and straightforward breathing.


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84” L Portable Adjustable Massage Bed with Carry Case for Facial Salon Spa


More of Many Reasons to Get a Massage

Relieve stress

Relieve postoperative pain

Reduce anxiety

Manage low-back pain

Help fibromyalgia pain

Reduce muscle tension

Enhance exercise performance

Relieve tension headaches

Sleep better

Ease symptoms of depression

Improve cardiovascular health

Reduce pain of osteoarthritis

Decrease stress in cancer patients

Improve balance in older adults

Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain

Temper effects of dementia

Promote relaxation

Lower blood pressure

Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Help chronic neck pain

Lower joint replacement pain

Increase range of motion

Decrease migraine frequency

Improve quality of life in hospice care

Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea