Massage decreases muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system, resulting in a cascade of physical and mental benefits that can assist in alleviating a wide range of conditions. Massage therapy is one of the best known antidotes for stress and can relieve symptoms of conditions aggravated by stress.
Massage stretches and kneads away muscle tension from shorter term cramping, to a habitually tight jaw, shoulders and neck. Working on the nervous system too, messages are sent to muscles throughout the body to let go and relax. In very tight contracted muscles, nerves can become compressed leading to pain and tingling sensations in the affected and/or distal areas.
After exercising, a build up of waste products and microscopic tears in the muscle can leave one feeling tired and sore. Improving circulation, massage works to flush the tissues of waste and increase the range of motion in the joints. Once this happens blood brings in more oxygen and nutrients helping to relieve pain and speed up recovery.
Before (pre-hab) or after (rehab) an operation, massage is extremely beneficial to assist in the healing process. The better prepared your muscles and joints are before surgery, the better one may heal. After surgery when your doctor has given the go ahead, massage is extremely useful in assisting with the healing process. A few remedial treatments to the affected area can have immediate and long lasting benefits.
Therapeutic massage for anxiety and stress helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system allowing the mind to become quieter and the body to be in a state of ease and rest.