of massage therapy:
Massage feels good and it is a pleasurable experience.
Massage increases your body self awareness
Massage reduces your stress, tension and
Massage calms the nervous system and has
a centering/balancing effect.
Massage relaxes, focuses and clears your
Massage helps to improve and maintain your
Massage helps to fulfil your need for
a caring and nurturing touch.
Massage encourages self-esteem and a general
feeling of well-being.
Massage increased your awareness of the
whole being connection and improves your emotional awareness.
your muscular system:
Massage increases the blood supply and nutrition to your
Massage helps your muscles recover more
quickly from exertion and fatigue.
Massage relaxes your muscles, effectively
reducing spasms, tension and cramping.
Massage reduces and breaks down adhesions
(knots) and fibrosis.
Massage stretches your connective tissue.
Massage helps to re-establish your proper
Massage reduces your muscle and soft tissue
Massage supports increased work capacity
and encourages your metabolism.
Massage helps to prevent muscular atrophy
(wasting from injury and paralysis).
Benefits to your
Massage improves the circulation and nutrition of the joints
and helps increase your range of joint movement.
Massage reduces joint strain and compression
through releasing tight muscles and tendons.
Massage increases the ease and efficiency
of your movements.
Massage helps to increase the retention
of nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulphur in the bones and this
aids in fracture healing.
Benefits to your
Massage increases the nutrition of the tissues via an increased
exchange of fluids and materials.
Massage, via the mechanical actions on
the soft tissues, produces a dilation of the blood vessels
which helps to improve your circulation.
Massage helps to reduce the lack of blood
and by direct pressure and stimulation reduces pain due
to the irritation of nerves that control your circulatory
Massage enhances the elimination of the
waste products of your metabolism.
Massage helps to reduce any swelling and
Massage increases the number of red blood
cells in your circulation.
Massage has the overall effect of lowering
your blood pressure and reduces your pulse rate.
Massage facilitates tissue healing through
the enhancement of circulation.
Massage increases tissue fluid and assists
lymphatic circulation thus reducing swelling and enhancing
the immune and filtering activities of this system.
Massage increases both your venous and
Benefits to your
Massage can have a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting
effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length
of treatment given.
Massage stimulates the touch, pressure
and proprioceptive receptors of the skin and underlying
Massage helps to balance the autonomic
Massage relaxes the muscles and helps to
re-establish proper tonus through its effect on the neuromuscular
Massage is known to affect the neurotransmitters
of the brain and increase endorphin secretion in particular
Massage can help reduce nerve entrapment
through the release of soft tissue or muscular binding.
Massage can reduce nerve root compression
caused by muscular tension.
Benefits to your
digestive and excretory systems:
Massage aides the normal movement throughout your alimentary
canal assisting with many dysfunction's through its stress
Massage increases the excretion (via the
kidneys) of fluids and waste products of protein metabolism,
inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal individuals.
Massage can facilitate elimination through
the large intestines by mechanically stimulating peristalsis
and improving tone.
Massage stimulates peristalsis and can
reduce cramping or spasm in the digestive tract.
to your Skin:
Massage helps to reduce tension in the skin and adjoining
tissues as well as increasing its circulation and improve
Massage depending on the medium used to
apply it can help to re-moisturise, and soften dry skin.
Massage can help with some skin conditions
like eczema, but please check with your Doctor to make sure
that what you have is not contagious.
Benefits to your
Massage deepens and normalizes the breathing pattern through
relaxation, and release of tension in the breathing structures,
both the rib cage and the muscles of respiration.
Massage can help to relieve congestion
in the lungs through percussive and compressive movements.
Massage increases the action of the heart,
stimulating the blood flow to and from the lungs, helping
with the elimination of waste and the absorption of oxygen.
Who Can Benefit From Clinical
If you suffer from any of the following
disorders, you may benefit by clinical massage:
• Any chronic muscle or joint pain.
•A known condition of referred pain, such as "when
my neck gets tense I get a headache. "
•Any recurring symptoms that seem to accompany or
are precipitated by muscle lightness.
•Tight muscles that are limiting the mobility of a
•Chronically fatigued muscles.
•Low energy level, especially when accompanied by
muscle aches and pains.
•A recent muscle injury that generates pain or dysfunction
in areas not seemingly involved in the injury
•Any visceral dysfunction that tests negative for
•Muscle pain that recurs in an area with no apparent
•A tendency for pain to spread to other muscles whenever
a simple strain or injury occurs.
that therapeutic massage can help with a wide range of medical
•Arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
•Asthma and bronchitis
•Carpal tunnel syndrome
•Chronic and acute pain
•Digestive disorders, including spastic colon, constipation
•Headache, especially when due to muscle tension
•Gastrointestinal disorders (including spastic colon,
colic and constipation)
•Immune function disorders
•Myofascial pain (a condition of the tissue connecting
•Reduced range of motion
•Sports injuries (including pulled or strained muscles
and sprained ligaments)
•Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
Massage for Pain Control:
Massage is a very effective technique for
controlling pain. How does it work? There are number of
ways massage may help in controlling pain.
Massage confuses the body's pain signals.
Rubbing may interfere with pain signals'
pathways to your brain, a process called the "gate
control theory," according to experts. Pain impulses
run toward the spinal cord and then up the cord and into
the brain. It's only when they reach the brain that these
impulses, are perceived as pain. When you rub, it sends
other impulses along the same nerves. When all these impulses
try to reach the brain through nerves, the nerves get clogged
like a highway during morning rush hour. The result? Most
of them won't reach the brain. And if the pain signals does
not reach the brain, you won't feel pain. Thus massage works
by 'closing the gate' that pain impulses have to pass through.
Massage also calls up the body's
It stimulates the release of endorphins,
the morphine-like substances that the body manufactures,
into the brain and nervous system.
Massage provides deep relaxation.
It relieves muscle tension, spasm, and
stiffness. All of these contribute to pain. Experts suggest
that tense muscles are usually deprived of oxygen, because
the tightness reduces blood circulation to the area. Massage
improves blood circulation, bringing with it what the muscle
needs-oxygen and other forms of nourishment. The muscle
then relaxes, and pain decreases.
Massage relieves mental stress
Massage is providing the benefit by the
therapeutic value of touching that helps a person in pain.
Research shows that even touch lasting for less than 1 second
has the ability to make people feel better. Obviously, an
hour-long touch provided by massage has to make you feel
What Types of Pain Can Massage
Massage can help any pain originating from
muscle tension: example - head, back, neck, and shoulder
pain are all can benefit from massage. Releasing tightness
and tension in muscles is the most obvious effect of a good
Massage also is beneficial for relieving
pain associated with arthritis, injuries, or even recent
Therapeutic Massage Is Beneficial
In Combating Aging:
Therapeutic massage is effective in combating
the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle to late
years of life. It helps keep body tissues and basic functions
in a more youthful state.
•Enhances tissue elasticity and joint
•Improves blood and lymph circulation
•Promotes healthy vibrant skin
•Improves immune system functioning
•Relieves muscle aches and stiffness
•Deep massage helps break up the dimples. When combined
with a sensible diet and weight loss program, even stubborn
fat pockets can be removed.
Massage - Precautions/ Contra-Indications:
Certain medical conditions require the
exercise of caution concerning the advisability of giving
or receiving massage. If you are in any doubt, or if you
or your partner are under medical supervision, check with
your doctor or other qualified medical practitioner before
embarking on massage therapy. This advice applies particularly
in the case of cardiovascular conditions and heart disease,
especially in cases of thrombosis, phlebitis, and oedema.
Never apply pressure under or over varicose
veins. Never massage directly over infected skin, for example
where there are warts, herpes, or boils, or where there
is inflammation, unexplained lumps, bruises and open cuts.
While giving a massage, cover up any open cuts or scratches
on your hands with a plaster or other dressing.
Massage on the abdomen is best avoided
during the first three months of pregnancy when the risk
of miscarriage is highest.
The causes of acute back pain should first
be diagnosed by a physician before receiving massage treatment.
Consult a qualified medical practitioner in cases of raised
temperature, infections, or contagious disease. Seek medical
advice before having a massage if you suffer from phlebitis,
thrombosis, varicose veins, severe acute back pain, or fever.
Swellings, fractures, skin infections,
or bruises should not be massaged. Lumps and swellings should
be checked by your doctor.
Massage of the abdomen, legs, and feet
should not be given during the first three months of pregnancy.
Cancer patients are best treated by specially
trained practitioners who know which areas to avoid and
which kind of massage is appropriate.