Benefits of Massage

INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM*

    • Increases circulation of blood and lymph within the skin
    • Stimulates sebaceous gland secretions which make skin more supple and pliable
    • Reduces edema (swelling)

•The integumentary system consists of the largest organ in the body, the skin. This extraordinaryorgan system protects the internal structures of the body from damage, prevents dehydration, stores fat and produces vitamins and hormones. It also helps to maintain homeostasis within the body by assisting in the regulation of body temperature and water balance. The integumentary system is the body's first line of defense against bacteriaviruses and other microbes. 


RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

    • Encourages slow, deep contractions of the diaphragm which then helps remove carbon dioxide waste via the lungs


DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

    • Increases the digestion process


ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

    • Reduces levels of cortisol and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) which are stress-related hormones


SKELETAL SYSTEM

    • Joint movement stimulates synovial fluid production which cushions and lubricates synovial joints


MUSCULAR SYSTEM

    • Discourages the formation of lactic acid in muscles following physical exertion
    • Accelerates recovery of fatigued muscles by reducing the lactic acid buildup
    • Increases heat in and around muscles to loosen fascia and restore movement and circulation to the muscles
    • Decreases hypertonicity in muscles and tendons


NERVOUS SYSTEM

    • Increases production of dopamine, a pain-relieving chemical involved in voluntary movement and clear thinking
    • Increases production of endorphins, strong pain-relieving chemicals
    • Increases production of serotonin which generally diminishes pain and appetite, relates moods and sleep patterns, and stimulates smooth muscle contractions
    • Decreases production of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory produced in response to strew that can accelerate tissue breakdown and prevent tissue repair


Source: Introduction to Massage Therapy by Mary Beth Braun and Stephanie Simonson