Massage Therapy Doesn't Just Feel Good
Massage lowers the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles and improves range of motion. Massage helps the body to repair itself to eliminate pain and restore function. It increases the body's serotonin and natural endorphins, enhancing medical treatment and generating feelings of well-being. The massage therapist's hands stimulate circulation down to the cellular level. Massage promotes the removal of metabolic waste resulting from exercise or inactivity and allows more oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells. Sensory nerve receptors in the skin and muscles are stimulated, bringing new body awareness to areas that have felt blocked by chronic tension. Massage has mental and emotional benefits as well. It fosters a calmer mind, improved mood and greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately. Receiving human touch in a safe and caring environment nurtures feelings of well-being and enhances self-image through awareness of the mind-body connection.