Potential Effects of Massage -Heaven on Earth

Benefits of Massage

Muscular system     “Milks” metabolic wastes into venous and lymph systems Relaxes muscles (general and specific) Relieves myofascial trigger points

Integumentary  Increase superficial circulation system (skin)   Increase sebaceous gland excretions Removes dead skin     Adds moisture with oil or lotion

Connective tissue     Improves pliability of fascia (fascia)   Separates tissue

Circulatory system    Increases local circulation Enhances venous return Reduces blood pressure and heart rate with regular  relaxation massage

Skeletal system Increased joint mobility and flexibility

Nervous system     Stimulates parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation)    Reduces pain (neural-gating mechanism)    Increases body awareness

Endocrine system    Releases endorphins 

Immune system     Increases lymphatic flow    Improves immune function via stress reduction

Digestive system    Movement of contents of the large intestines Better digestion with relaxation

Mental and Emotional Effects

Mental    Increased mental clarity

Emotional  Reduces anxiety    General feelings of well-being

* These effects do not occur during every massage. The techniques used and the physical, mental and emotional condition of recipients may impact the effects of each massage. 

This information was taken from Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques

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