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Benefits of Massage Therapy

Integumentary System

• It transmits the psychological benefits of touch.
• Oils used can protect and nourish the skin.
• Increased circulation helps maintain healthy skin.
• It helps remove dry scaly skin.

Urinary System

• Massage can increase urine production by aiding movement of fluid. Such effects are more significant in those with Edema.
• Kidney problems can refer to low back pain, which can be relieved with massage.

Cardiovascular System

• Increase venous flow, removal of toxins, cellular nutrition and oxygen to the area.

Digestive System

• Massage is beneficial in helping with fecal movements and relieving constipation. Working the low back and abdominal muscles help the viscera function properly.
• Massage affects the parasympathetic nervous system which promotes secretion and digestion of food.
• Massage can benefit by reducing anxiety, improving clients mood and decreasing stress, which benefits any gastrointestinal disorder.

Muscular System

• Massage improves circulation bring nutrients and oxygen to muscle cells.
• Removes toxic wastes such as lactic, uric and carbonic acids that produce muscle fatigue.
• Relieves muscle spasms.
• Relieves Edema.
• Improves mobility of tight or injured muscles.

Nervous System

• Stimulation of sensory receptors induces motor responses that will tonify or sedate the somatic nervous system (controlling the muscles) and the automatic nervous system (controlling the organs and glands).
• Research indicates that the relaxation produces, with the lowered blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate is primarily a result of stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system and resting of the this nervous system.
• There is evidence that massage can reduce anxiety and depression in clients.
• Massage reduces stress which in affect calms the nervous system.
• Trigger point therapies and therapeutic manipulation help to interrupt the painspasms- pain cycle.

Endocrine System

• Negating the effects of stress, massage can have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal and stimulate immune response and healing.

Lymphatic System

• Improves elimination of wastes.
• Relieves Edema.

Respiratory System

• Relaxation massage can slow the respiratory rate through inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system.
• Helps with relaxing postural muscles, which reduces the efforts of breathing.
• Percussion techniques like cupping, hacking, slapping, etc. can free the lungs of fluid and mucus. Great for clients with cystic fibrosis, asthma and colds.
• Humidified, warm air can help clients dislodge mucus more freely.
• At times essential oils may produce effects on the body as they are inhaled. Lavender and chamomile are for calming. Sage, rosemary, pine and mint are stimulants.