Benefits of Massage Therapy  
About Page Massage therapy enhances blood circulation and relieves tight, sore muscles, as well as eases stress.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
by Faye lives in southeast Pennsylvania and has had a therapeutic massage practice for 15+ years. She also is passionate about health matters.

Massage affects your nervous system through nerve endings in your skin, stimulating the release of endorphins, which are natural "feel good" chemicals. Endorphins help induce relaxation and a sense of well-being, relieve pain, and reduce levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline -- reversing the damaging effects of stress by slowing heart rate, respiration, and metabolism, and lowering raised blood pressure.

Massage also works with energy -- basically it is an exchange of energy. Therapeutic massage stimulates the nervous system and puts pressure into the connective tissue. The generalized approach of massage may have a normalizing effect on the body's energetic processes. The basic premise when working with the energy systems of the body is to provide an unobstructed flow of energy.

Chronic pain itself is a major source of stress. It drains you emotionally, robbing you of patience and stamina you need just to get through a day. It interrupts your sleep, leaving you tired and irritable. This is caused by unresolved contracted muscles.

Sometimes these muscles press on nerves causing tingling, numbness and more pain. Pain is always a symptom and the cause of symptoms is often difficult to explain. It is often these people who will respond to massage therapy because it allows a natural pain release of endorphins, sometimes referred to as the "happy hormones."

If necessary, stronger pressure during the massage can be applied to stimulate blood circulation to improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissues and helps your lymphatic system to flush away waste products. It eases tense and knotted muscles and stiff joints, improving mobility, and flexibility.

Massage is said to increase activity of the vagus nerve, one of 10 cranial nerves, that affects the secretion of food-absorption hormones, heart rate, and respiration. It has proven to be an effective therapy for a variety of health conditions -- particularly stress-related tension.
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