In my last blog I looked at skeletal and circulation systems. In this blog I look at the lymphatic system and the nervous system.
The Lymphatic System:
This is another circulatory system which works alongside the Blood Circulatory System. It is made up of vessels, glands and a watery liquid called lymph. Body movement is the momentum used to circulate the lymph, so normal breathing and moving around contracts the muscles which push the lymph around. This system helps the Immune System by filtering all the impurities bacteria, viruses, toxins and excess fluid from the body. Damaged or hard tissues can become thick and fibrous which can block or slow down the lymphatic drainage. Massage helps push the fluid towards the heart and stimulates muscle contraction that removes fluid blockages. Enabling the lymph to move and carry the toxins away to be excreted by the body.
The Nervous System:
This is a complex network of nerves that keep the brain informed on all that is going on around us, affecting our thoughts, feelings and how we respond. The Sympathetic Nervous System responds to pressure, touch, temperature, reacting to the world outside the body. The Parasympathetic Nervous System is the unconscious system which controls our body and organs, like heart rate, digestion and metabolism. Massage stimulates both systems working on nerve receptors in the skin and muscles, having a positive affect by reducing tension, lowering blood pressure, calming the digestive system and helping it get back to normal. The calming effect on the body releases tension which will also help relieve problems such as insomnia and migraine and many other ailments which are due to tension and stress.
It is easy to see why the healing touch of massage has stood the test of time, it is beneficial for both mind and body. A tired body is rejuvenated and ready to take on the pressures of everyday life.