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What is Massage and Benefits?
Benefits of Massage/Deep Tissue:
Helping to develop a stronger heart
- Massage benefits the circulatory system by:
Improving oxygen supply to cells
Improving the supply of nutrients ot cells
Elimination of metabolic wastes
Decreasing blood pressure
Relaxing the abdominal and intestinal muscles
- Massage benefits the digestive system by:
Stimulating activity of liver and kidneys
Eliminating waste material
Relaxing or stimulating muscles
- Massage benefits the muscular system by:
Reducing fibrosis and adhesions in muscles and connective tissues
Helping to keep muscles flexible and pliable
Relieving soreness, tension and stiffness
Stimulating motor nerve points
- Massage benefits the nervous system by:
Relieving restlessness and insomnia
Promoting a sense of well-being
Developing respiratory muscles
- Massage benefits the respiratory system by:
Assisting in proper breathing
Increasing circulation of lymph
- Massage benefits the lymph system by:
Cleansing the body of metabolic wastes
Stimulating blood to better nourish skin
- Massage benefits the integumentary system (the skin) by:
Improving tone and elasticity of skin
Helping to normalize glandular functions
Improving body alignment
- Massage benefits the skeletal system by:
Relieving stiff joints.
Benefits of Sports Massage:
The goal of athletic massage is to enhance the athlete’s performance. Performance is
regulated by the efficiency, precision, and freedom with which the athlete is able to move.
Efficiency is dependent on training and conditioning. Athletic massage allows for more
intense training. Restrictions from pain, spasms, and tension inhibit freedom of
movement. Without freedom of movement, precision is adversely affected. Athletic
massage reduces many of the restrictions.
Benefits of Sports massage are:
growth and repair available to the body area being massaged.
- Massage causes hyperemia, making more oxygen and nutrients necessary for
- Massage stimulates circulation and lymph drainage to flush out metabolic wastes
of exertion quickly. It is three to five times more effective in combating fatigue than
inflammation and trauma.
- Massage stretches and broadens muscle, tendons and ligaments
- Massage breaks down the “gluing” between fascial sheaths.
- Massage separates fibrosis and breaks down adhesions that results form
strong, flexible scar.
- Massage helps to realign collagen fibers formed as a result of injury to produce a
- Massage reduces muscle spasm
- Massage identifies possible trouble areas and helps to eliminate them
Special Benefits of Massage to Athletes:
- Massage allows the athlete to reach peak performance sooner and sustain it
- With massage, muscles improve tin flexibility and are able to respond more quickly
muscle quicker after intense workouts or events.
- Massage encourages better performance and reduces the chance of injury
- Massage eliminates muscle stiffness due to excess acid buildup. It rejuvenates
- Massage offers the athlete a chance to relax and recuperate more quickly
- Massage reduces ischemic pain and pain from spasm, splinting, and tensions
- Athletic massage identifies and eliminates possible trouble spots, thereby
- With massage, injures heal quicker and stronger without loss of power due to
- Massage extends the overall span of athlete’s career
What conditions or ailments would massage therapy
be beneficial for?
During intense training, competition, and sometimes in everday life, muscle strength and
endurance is pushed to its limits and beyond.
Increased metabolic waste buildup in the tissues
Strains in the muscle or connective tissue. The may range from microscopic
microtrauma to major injury
Inflammation and associated fibrosis
Spasms and pain that restrict movement
These negative effects are the results of exercise, but with a sports massage it will
effectively counteract these conditions. It normally takes a muscle that has been stressed
to a point of fatigue forty-eight to seventy-two hours to rest, adapt, and recuperate. Athletic
massage can reduce the recuperation time by as much as 50 percent.