Benefits by system

Massage Therapy has been found to have positive effects on the following systems:

Nervous and endocrine
Muscular
Skin and connective tissues
Cardiovascular
Digestive
Respiratory

Effects

Effects on the Nervous and Endocrine systems

Reduces stress and promotes relaxation by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system in charge of the ‘rest and digest’ response.

Decreases pain by increasing blood circulation and stimulating the release of endorphins and other pain reducing neurochemicals, thus decreasing the use of analgesics and improving sleep patterns, by relieving muscular spasms and promoting the rapid disposal of waste products.

Reduces the levels of stress hormones (adrenaline) and increases the levels of dopamine (linked to decreased stress and reduce depression) and serotonin  (believed to inhibit the transmit ion of noxious signal s to the brain, therefore reducing pain).

Reduces feelings of depression.

EEG (electro-encephalogram) tests have confirmed that massage increases the alpha and delta brain waves, which promotes relaxation and better sleep.

Effects on the Muscular system

Relieves muscular tension by direct pressure and by increasing circulation, resulting in more flexible, supple and resilient muscles tissue.

Reduces muscle soreness and fatigue.  Massage enhances blood circulation, thus increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients available to the muscles.

**A fatigued muscle recuperates 20% after 5 minutes of rest and 100% after 5 minutes of massage.


Increases range of motion and lengthen muscles by reducing muscular tension and mechanically stretching and broadening tissue, especially when combined with Swedish Massage Gymnastics.

Improves performance (balance and posture) by releasing trigger points, reducing muscular tension and increasing the range of motion.

Tones weak muscles by increasing muscle spindle activity which in turns creates muscle contractions.  Particularly beneficial in case of prolonged bed rest, flaccidity and atrophy.

Effects on the skin and connective tissues

Increases skin temperature, which causes the superficial blood vessels to dilate increasing the circulation.  This brings added nutrients to the skin improving its condition, texture and tone.

Reduces skin dryness by stimulating the sebaceous glands.

Reduces scar formation.

Increases mineral retention in bones.

Promotes fracture healing by increasing circulation around the fracture, promoting fracture healing.

Reduces surface dimpling of cellulite, it temporarily alters the shape and appearance of cellulite.

Reduces swelling by promoting lymph circulation.

Effects on the cardiovascular system

Improves blood circulation by mechanically assisting venous blood flow back to the heart.

Decreases blood pressure by dilation of the blood vessel.

Promotes rapid removal of waste products, ‘dilutes the poisons’.

Reduces heart rate and decreases pulse rate.

Increases white blood cell count helping the body protect itself from disease more effectively.

Effects on the Digestive system

Stimulates digestion by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Relieves constipation by promoting colon evacuation.

Relieves colic and intestinal gas.

Effects on the Respiratory system

Reduces respiratory rate by activating the relaxation response.

Decreases asthma attacks through increased relaxation and improved pulmonary functions.

Increases fluid discharge from the lungs.  Several techniques can enhance the phlegm loosening when combined with postural drainage.