Massage has a huge number of benefits to all the systems of the body. By massaging and relaxing the muscles there is a domino effect to all the other systems of the body.
The muscles are the most obvious part of the body to benefit from massage. Muscles are made up of fibres that slide over each other (the sliding filament theory) to contract (shorten and fatten) and pull on the bone the muscle is attached to, to create movement. Muscles can contract to 50% of their normal length and stretch to 150% of their normal length.
Through over use and also through stress (due to the fight and flight response) the muscles can stay in a contracted state, causing imbalance in the body. Tight muscles will pull posture out of alignment and can constrict blood flow.
Benefits Of Massage
Increase flexibility by stretching and relaxing the muscle and encouraging it to return back to its’ normal relaxed length.
Removal of waste products, when muscles work, they burn oxygen and glucose and produce lactic acid, this can build up in the muscles and add to muscle soreness.
Reduce the formation of adhesions. Through overuse and wear and tear, microscopic tears occur in the muscle fibres, if not treated these will be replaced by inelastic, scar tissue which is very inflexible. Massage can work into muscles to reduce their formation.
Improved muscle tone. Healthy muscles are in a constant state of contraction and relaxation, this is invisible and we are unable to feel it. For someone who is inactive, bed ridden or paralyzed, they will have poor or no muscle tone. Massage can improve the tone of the muscles of the inactive.
Reduce cramps. Massage can increase the flexibility and tone of the muscle and reduce waste products within the muscle, which may reduce cramps. We can also massage the muscle with care during a cramp to reduce the duration of it.
Swedish Massage consists of five basic strokes: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), friction, tapotement (percussion), and vibration, though all of these strokes are not used on every part of the body. Swedish massage in general is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue (i.e. the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and facia) using the hands is a gentle, flowing massage technique that uses varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements. It is most commonly used for relaxation and improving well-being.
The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Aromatherapy uses the purest plant essence in the form of organic essential oils, which are extracts from various parts of plants, fruits, flowers, bark, roots, or resin. Essential oils contain dozens of powerful complex natural chemicals that have beneficial properties. Due to the diversity of essential oils and their individual therapeutic properties, the range of benefits and effects of Aromatherapy is wide ranging
Aromatherapy treatments have both physiological and psychological effects. The combination of massage and the medicinal and therapeutic qualities of the essential oils can soothe, revitalise, uplift the spirit, encourage positive thinking and boost the immune system enabling the body to heal itself.