Massage benefits the body on both physiological and psychological levels.
The physiological effects of a massage include:
- breaking down of scar tissue;
- improved recovery time for sportspeople;
- tendons become lengthened and stretched;
- pain is decreased;
- tight muscles relax;
- muscle activity becomes more balanced;
- circulation is increased which aids the movement of blood and nutrients through the body.
Massage warms the skin, removes wastes products, promotes healing, and reduces swelling.
While the psychological effects include:
- changes to mood and excitement levels;
- generally a feeling of well-being;
- improved awareness of the total being.
This occurs due to the release of chemicals (neurotransmitters and hormones) in to the blood stream during a massage.