How does massage affect the human body
During the massage, the innate sources of vital energy are renewed. This is especially important in the modern world, where stress is the root cause of many serious physical and mental ailments. Stress is a natural component of life, and in small doses it can even be useful, but if exposed to it for a long time, a person is deprived of health and energy. Stress can also lower the natural level of immune defense and prevent it from actively fighting diseases. The result of constant exposure to stress can be anxiety, depression, lethargy, insomnia and panic attacks. Already no one doubts the beneficial effect of massage in the fight against these unpleasant symptoms of stress.
At the level of physiology, massage affects all body systems, therefore, its result is both a general improvement of all functions and the relief of some specific ailments. Massage also helps to increase self-confidence, remove emotional blocks, restore clarity of thought. A massage session at the same time brings relaxation and tones. It is as if you took a break to restore harmony and well-being and to be ready again to return to the busy world.
Skin is the most extensive sense organ. When it is touched, hundreds of tiny nerve endings send information to the brain through the central nervous system. The brain processes the data and passes it to the muscles. Stroking can trigger the release of endorphins (natural painkillers) and give an “order” to the body to calm down and relax. More serious techniques are worked out by deeply located muscles, relieving tension and relieving fatigue.
For the coordinated work of the whole organism, a healthy circulatory system is needed. Massage makes breathing deeper, blood vessels and capillaries expand, circulation improves, and more oxygen enters the bloodstream. Improving blood circulation implies that nutrients are distributed throughout the body more efficiently. At the same time, pressure decreases, the pulse slows down, the body and brain relax and calm down. Massage stimulates the sebaceous and sweat glands, which helps moisturize, cleanse and cool the skin. Massage gives an exfoliating effect, which makes the skin supple and fresh. Improving blood circulation helps bring nutrients to the hair, nails and skin, providing a healing effect, relieves headaches and regulates digestion.
The most beneficial effect, without a doubt, massage has on the muscular system of the body. By relaxing and stretching muscles that have contracted and contracted from tension, massage helps restore body tissue flexibility, mobility and elasticity. Massage techniques help relieve muscle pain and improve posture, returning muscles to their natural balance. That massage will put in order the weakened flabby muscles from long idle time. Massage directly affects the lymphatic system, helping the body remove lactic acid and other chemical waste products that contribute to the appearance of pain and discomfort in the joints and ligaments. Head massage is very effective in this regard, since there are many lymph nodes on the neck, neck and face.
As the massage continues, the body relaxes more, allowing it to act on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is not controlled by consciousness, whose work is associated with the latent activity of the body to maintain health and eliminate “malfunctions”, as well as with the main functions – digestion and excretion of waste . We are almost always in a hurry, not leaving the body time for this invisible work. Massage is an excellent way to give the body a “break” in order to activate the action of the parasympathetic nervous system.
Blood is carried through the body through a system of arteries and veins. Massage enhances peripheral blood circulation and improves blood circulation in general.
Already no one denies the beneficial effects of massage in the treatment of the effects of stress, insomnia and depression. Head massage is especially useful for people with mental work. Physical relaxation of muscles and increased blood flow to the head leads to improved brain function and greater clarity of thought, irritability and a feeling of fatigue recede, and they are replaced by attention, concentration, acumen and vision.
After the massage session, the tension recedes, as if a heavy load was removed from the shoulders, an unusual lightness is felt throughout the body. Changes in mood correspond to changes in the hormonal background. Studies have shown that during the session, the level of stress hormones – for example, cortisol – decreases, and the level of well-being hormones – such as oxytocin – increases significantly, which significantly activates the immune system.
Massage can also affect the energy balance of the body through the chakra system. The body and soul achieve balance, and you can achieve a feeling of deep peace.