Why massage is an integral part of your health care—
Massage is one of the oldest forms of healing in history. For thousands of years practitioners have been facilitating relief through hands on healing. Physiologically speaking massage assists optimal function of the human body’s main systems. Although relaxation is a very powerful aspect of receiving massage, it is just scratching the surface of the health benefits massage provides.
Massage and the Circulatory System: Perhaps massage’s strongest effect is on the circulatory system and cardiovascular health. Through soft tissue manipulation, massage brings fresh blood to the body delivering fresh oxygen and nutrients while also flushing out toxins and metabolic waste. A healthy circulatory system helps the body regulate temperature and counterbalances the effects of prolonged sitting and standing.
Massage and the Musculoskeletal System: Massage alleviates pain and muscular tension. Part of this, yes, is affected due to the fresh circulation that massage brings to the body, but massage also breaks up muscular adhesions (knots) through applied pressure. Muscular function and recovery is improved by increased nutrient supply and decreased metabolic waste accumulation. Through passive range of motion techniques massage also increases and maintains healthy joint range of motion. All of this aids in recovery from injury and manages pain and muscular tension.
Massage and the Nervous System: Through the comforting, calming and rhythmic nature of massage, massage activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and calm) and deactivates the Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) therefore bringing balance to the Autonomic Nervous System in the body. Massage decreases stress and increases Vagus Nerve activity promoting the body’s healing phase. This also enhances the release of dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the body. Simply put, massage helps you chill out, enhances mood, and stimulates the senses.
Massage and the Lymphatic System: The Lymphatic System is a fundamental component of the immune system and is comprised of lymph, lymph nodes and lymph vessels that carry fluid and waste throughout the body to ward off bacteria, infection and sickness. Massage assists the lymphatic system through reducing inflammation, swelling and sinus congestion, and promoting drainage of fluid and waste in the direction of lymphatic flow. Flush. It. Out.
Massage and the Integumentary System: The Integumentary System houses the largest organ in your body, your skin! We love the skin you’re in, and massage is a great way to nourish your integumentary system. Massage moisturizes the skin, helps break up scar tissue, enhances tissue recovery and improves skin texture and tone.
At Sauna House our LMBTs integrate their extensive massage education and experience to specify each session to your individual wants and needs. We truly consider it an honor to be a part of facilitating health and healing in your life. Personally, giving and receiving massage has changed my life for the better and I see it in big and small ways every day. Whether you are new to massage or are a regular receiver of bodywork, we look forward to welcoming you into our space. Restore. Relieve. Relax.
Take care of yourselves,
Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Team Sauna House