Benefits of Bodywork

Massage therapy benefits the body in many ways including:

General benefits

  • Promotes self-esteem and a feeling of well-being
  • Increased awareness of the body-mind connection and emotional awareness, helps clear the mind

Nervous System

  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Increases seratonin and dopamine levels (both are linked to decreasing stress levels and decreases in depression)

Circulatory System

  • Dilates the blood vessels thus improves blood circulation and helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps increase white blood cell count which enables body to more effectively protect oneself against disease
  • Facilitates tissue healing through enhancement of circulation
  • Speeds the elimination of the toxins (metabolic wastes) from cellular activity

Musculoskeletal System

  • Increases blood supply and nutrition to the muscles
  • Helps muscles recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue
  • Increases muscle tone and helps reestablish proper tone in muscles
  • Relaxes muscles, reduces spasms, tension, and cramping
  • Help increase joint range of motion
  • Reduces adhesions (knots), fibrosis, reduces muscle and soft tissue pain
  • Reduces joint strain and compression through releasing tight muscles and tendons

Lymphatic System

  • Increases tissue fluid and lymphatic circulation which expedites waste removal and reduces lymph edema (swelling)

Integumentary System

  • Improves skin condition by bringing added nutrients to skin and improving skin texture and tone

Respiratory System

  • Massage can be used to relieve congestion in the lungs through percussive and compressive movements

Digestive System

  • Stimulates motility by triggering peristalsis activity
  • Supports healthy digestion through physically helping food propel through the alimentary canal