What comes with age may not be stopped; but what comes with an unhealthy lifestyle can be mitigated in so many ways.
Touch as the medium of massage has been believed to heal. Dozens of researches have shown evidence on this claim thus the coined term magic touch.
Massage offers systemic benefits of the body that varies according to intent and the selection of techniques used. Although there are many kinds of massage used in different parts of the world, the table below shows the general benefits of this method of healing that applies various techniques using the hands and other areas of the body that is no other than massage.
|Circulatory System||Massage dilates blood vessels and improves circulation thus decreasing blood pressure and heart rate|
|Lymphatic System||Massage promotes good lymph circulation and reduces accumulation of excessive amount of fluid|
|Integumentary System||Massage warms the skin and improves skin condition. It also stimulates oil glands thus reducing dryness.|
|Nervous System||Massage promotes relaxation of the CNS and activates sensory receptors|
|Endocrine System||Massage stimulated the release of Dopamine responsible for reduction of stress and depression. It also increases release of Serotoninwhich inhibits or reduces pain.|
|Muscular System||Massage relieves muscle tension thus reducing aches and soreness and relaxing them. It also increases the range-of-motion of muscles increasing flexibility and tone.|
|Respiratory System||Massage reduces respiratory rate due to the activation of the relaxation response. It also strengthens respiratory muscles and promotes fluid discharge from the lungs.|
|Digestive System||Massage increases peristaltic activity of the colon promoting evacuation of its contents. It relieves constipation and intestinal gas.|
|Urinary System||Massage increases urine output and promotes excretion of metabolic waste.|
Aside from these physiologic benefits, massage when properly done also has these psychological benefits:
Today, medical professionals are recognizing the many benefits of massage to the body and are recommending it to their patients for wellness and as an adjunct therapy to various mental and physical conditions. Massage is no longer just a way to pamper oneself these days but a way to heal the body through the magic of the science and art of touch.
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Reference Manual for Massage Therapy Licensure Examination.2nd Edition.Department of Health- Committee of Examiners for Massage Therapy.January 2012. http://www.amtamassage.org/research/Consumer-Survey-Fact-Sheets.html
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