1. Massage Therapy improves circulation to help combat cellulite and vein swelling.
A well functioning circulatory system not only helps nourish and repair tissues but helps improve cellulite. Our cardiovascular system is responsible for circulating blood and therefore distributing oxygen and nutrients to all tissues. As we age the cardiovascular system declines but massage can help improve circulation of nutrition to your tissues.
How it works:
- Massage can help improve lymphatic circulation and prevent toxic waste accumulation.
- Removes metabolic waste and reduces leg swelling and leg vein engorgement.
- Skin related benefits include assistance in overall cellular function and increasing production of skin-nurturing sebum. Sebum is our bodies’ natural lubricant; it protects, cools, calms and maintains skins youthful properties.
- Though there is no replacement for diet and exercise, increased circulation helps strengthen connective tissue, which improves the appearance of cellulite.
2. Massage can decrease stress to help your body repair.
Stress is an age accelerator that hinders the body’s ability to repair, therefore costing you. Massage can help.
How massage reduces stress:
- Decreases cortisol and insulin levels while increasing calming serotonin and dopamine.
- Encourages oxytocin release: Oxytocin is a stress reducing hormone, which helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system to slow down heart rate and breathing, relax musculature and improve digestion.
- Increases endorphin release: Endorphins are pain reducing neurotransmitters, which help stop transmission of pain signals.
- Decreases beta brainwave activity: This leads to the release of relaxing neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine as well as decreased release of cortisol levels.
- Stimulates delta brainwave activity: This type of brain activity facilitates deep sleep induction. This explains the natural tendency to dose off during a massage session.
3. Improves posture to add height and confidence
Good posture is very attractive. Posture can do a lot for the appearance of your height and self confidence. Bad posture (the misalignment of your spine) also puts added stress on your circulatory, digestive and nervous systems. As a result of poor posture, we also suffer increasing pain in various joints and along back, nerve related pain (due to pinching in spine or other constrained area), deformities which may be difficult to correct, improper digestion and limited breathing capacity (as chest and spine cave in on lungs).
How massage helps you correct posture:
- During a massage you can experience natural muscle movements and skeletal positions. After your massage, you will be more likely to seek out these healthier movements and positions with less discomfort, ultimately contributing to improved posture and its benefits.
- The more relaxed our muscles feel the more liberated our joints feel and our journey to a better posture will be made easier.
- The more space we will be able to create between our spinal vertebra and joints, the less risk for adding on to intervertebral stress and compression which can attribute to disc degeneration, nerve and vascular damage. This translates to less back pain, less sciatica and prevention of both muscular overuse and atrophy.
- Regular massage can ultimately encourage a more balanced, elongated body.