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The physiological effects of massage are difficult to separate from the psychological effects. Massage has a sedative effect on the nervous system. As you relax, homeostatic mechanisms are enhanced; blood pressure drops, respiration slows and deepens and there is an increase in digestive juices, bathing your tissues and organs in vital substances. Anxiety and stress on the other hand increase the production of adrenal corticosteroids, which interfere with healing, compromise the immune system, encourage cardiovascular disease and increase muscular tension. Massage interrupts this negative spiral. A respite from stress allows our bodies to function optimally. Massage sets up a positive spiral of increased well-being and increased awareness of the body's subtle signals enabling us to respond to stress long before it's destructive effects take hold. 

Effects of Massage

Physical Benefits:

  • Stress relief/aided relaxation

  • Relief from muscle tension and stiffness

  • Alleviation of pregnancy discomfort

  • Accelerated healing of strained muscles & ligaments 

  • Reduction in pain and swelling

  • Reduction in formation of scar tissue

  • Reduction in muscle spasms

  • Greater joint flexibility and range of motion

  • Enhanced athletic performance

  • Improved blood and lymph circulation

  • Reduced blood pressure

Psychological Benefits:

  • Peace of mind

  • Relaxed state of mental alertness

  • Reduction of mental stress

  • Enhanced capacity for calm thinking & creativity

  • Positive emotional benefits

  • Satisfies need for a caring nurturing touch

  • Promotes a feeling of well being

  • Reduces levels of anxiety

  • Fosters body awareness

  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection

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