Our bodies are made up of many systems, including the Skeletal, Respiratory and Circulatory. All the body systems need to work together in harmony for our bodies to work efficiently. The body reacts in a positive way to the different levels of pressure and strokes within the massage sequence. Gentle strokes can induce relaxation and the breathing will become calmer. Deeper kneading strokes will stimulate the deeper blood flow, taking oxygen and nutrients to a painful muscle and removing the toxins, which will aid a quicker recovery.
The skeletal system:
The bones, muscle and soft tissue offer us protection and hold us together and enable us to move around. The effects of massage on the skeletal system are long term, continuing to stimulate healing and repair of soft tissue adhesions long after the massage treatment has ended. Muscles are made up of fibres that contract and glide over each other to create movement. They are attached to the bone by tendons and the bones are attached to each other by ligament. We work our bodies very hard leaving the muscles, tendons and ligaments susceptible to tears and adhesions, which can stop the tissues from working properly and causes discomfort and pain. Massage helps break down these adhesions, helping the tissues to repair and function efficiently.
The Circulatory system:
Our bodies are made up of thousands of cells which need a regular supply of blood to grow and repair. The heart, lungs, arteries, and veins move the blood around delivering oxygen, nutrients and hormones around the body to all the cells and takes away all the toxins and waste products. Massage boosts the Circulatory system by gently pushing fresh oxygenated blood around the body and flushes the toxins out of the muscles to be carried away by the lymphatic system.
If you found this interesting please read my next blog post: How massage helps our bodies – part 2