How Is Massage Performed?

Massage Has A Direct Effect On Your Body’s Physiology By:

The Nervous System’s Involuntary But Predictable Response To Massage Techniques And Touch Is Known As The Relaxation Response.

Reactions In The Body That Occur When Pressure Is Applied To The Skin And Other Soft Tissues.

Emotional And Physical Benefits Can Result From The Combination Of These Responses.

Definition: What Is The “Stress Response?”

An Invitation To Relax Is Provided By A Caring, Safe Touch In A Massage Session. There Is A “Relaxation Response” That Occurs As A Result Of This, As Well As Pain Relief.

Your Heart And Breathing Rate Slows Down, As Does Your Blood Pressure And Stress Hormone Production. Your Muscles Also Relax During The Relaxation Response. Relatively High Levels Of Serotonin, A Neurotransmitter That Affects Mood And Thought, Appear To Be Associated With The Relaxation Response. More Research Is Needed To Definitively Prove The Link Between Massage And Elevated Levels Of The Feel-Good Neurotransmitter Serotonin In The Brain.

Reduced Stress-Related Symptoms And Risks Such As Hypertension, Cardiac Arrhythmias (Abnormal Rhythms Of The Heart), Anxiety, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue, Sexual Dysfunction, Digestive Problems And Psychological Problems May Be Reduced By The Relaxation Response.

Mechanics: What Are They?

Two Major Physical Effects Can Be Attributed To Massage’s Use Of Physical Manipulation:

An Increase In The Flow Of Blood And Lymph

Soft Tissue (Muscle, Tendons, Ligaments) Relaxation And Normalisation Frees Nerves And Deeper Connective Tissues.

Boosting Blood Flow

Blood And Lymph Flow Are Thought To Be Boosted By Massage. A Combination Of The Relaxation Response Chemicals And The Physical Manipulation Of Soft Tissue Is Most Likely To Blame.

Muscle Cells Receive More Oxygen And Nutrients When Blood Flow Is Increased. Tissues Function More Effectively As Cellular Health Improves. The Removal Of Waste Products And Increased Absorption Of Excess Fluids May Reduce Swelling In Soft Tissues As A Result Of More Efficient Functioning.

Stressed Muscle

Reducing Pain And Spasms By Relieving Muscle Tension Through Massage Therapy Is One Of Its Many Benefits. Nerve Compression Can Be Alleviated By Massage As Well. It’s Helpful To Think About How Muscles Constrict The Nerves Around Them In Order To Grasp This Concept. As A Result Of This Relaxation, The Nerves Are Able To Receive Proper Nourishment And Function More Effectively. Improved Functioning Of Muscles And Other Body Parts Can Be Achieved By Allowing Nerves To Resume Their Normal Role Of Transmitting Messages Between The Brain And The Body.

Muscles, Tendons, And Ligaments Can Be Relaxed By Touching The Skin Or By Applying Pressure. As A Result, Even Though Massage Therapists Are Unable To Access The Deeper Tissues Of The Body, Such As The Spinal Musculature, The Release Of Muscles On The Surface Can Affect The Deeper Tissues. This Can Lead To Better Alignment And Balance In Both Superficial And Deep Tissues.

Massage Can Also Help Organs, Because They Share Pain Pathways With Muscles, Bones, And Nerves In The Human Body. Organs Can Sometimes Show Signs Of Distress And Dysfunction When Their Muscles, Bones, Or Nerves Are Damaged. A Tightening Of The Low Back Muscles, For Example, Can Exacerbate Low Back Pain And Menstrual Cramps, Respectively. Massage Can Therefore Help Alleviate Symptoms Related To Both The Organ’s Function And The Muscle’s Function.

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