Why do you need a good massage

Do you have physical pain? Feel stressed? Are you apathetic and struggle to focus? Does anxiety grip you? Do fears attack you? Is the mood at critical levels?

Massage was practiced by Greeks, Persians and Chinese as a spiritual art. Now, as then, the massage is not only an excellent therapy against tensions and fatigue but it is also a valid tool of medical prevention that allows you to maintain a better state of body and overall well-being.

Here is a little and simple anatomy note to show you how our body can benefit rom this therapy:

Our body is nourished, clean and maintained in efficiency by the blood and lymphatic systems. The blood, pumped from the heart, brings oxygen and nutrients to the muscles where they are transformed into energy. This transformation produces the lactic acid that is filtered and eliminated, with other toxic substances, by the lymphatic system which also presides over the immune system, protecting you from diseases.

Unfortunately, when the muscular activity is intense, this mechanism loses its effectiveness: the energy demand exceeds the present availability and you can see it, for example, when after two hours of tennis play your serve is not stronger as in the beginning. A similar process occurs when there is insufficient activity, when, for example, you have been sitting at your desk for too long and you realize that mental activity is slower, you are more irritable and tension tends to shrink your shoulders and the neck. The muscles become tense and produce cramps, the blood and lymphatic flows decrease and fatigue takes over.

But rest does not eliminate all these symptoms? Finally, yes. Rest is the natural means of the body to recover well-being, but as you well know, it takes time and, with today’s frenetic life, we rarely have all the time we need. The result is that the harmful effects of this situation accumulate day after day, deteriorating not only your daily functionality but also undermining your future well-being.

Massage can prove to be a fundamental difference. The massage dramatically accelerates the recovery process, halving its time, rejuvenating the blood, the lymphatic systems and keeping you in an optimal state of well-being.

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Beneficial effects of massage

  • Dilates the blood vessels, improving circulation and relieving circulatory retention states.
  • Increases the number of red blood cells especially in cases of anemia.
  • Works like a "mechanical cleaner" stimulating the lymphatic circulation and accelerating the elimination of toxic products and waste of blood.
  • Increases the supply of blood and nutrients to the muscles allowing stronger voluntary muscular contractions.
  • Helps to prevent high concentrations of "tiring" products deriving from vigorous exercises or accidents.
  • Improves muscle tone and prevents or delays muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity.
  • Can partially compensate for the lack of exercises and muscular activity in people who, due to illness or accidents, can not move. In this case the massage helps the venous return to the heart, reducing stasis and reducing stress to this organ.
  • Massage can have a sedative, stimulating or exciting effect on the nervous system depending on the type and duration of the massage.
  • According to some experts, the massage can break down the fat cells of the subcutaneous tissue allowing the fat to be absorbed: in this way the massage, associated with a diet low in calories, can help to lose weight.
  • Stretches the connective tissue, improving circulation and nutrition, preventing or reducing adhesion formation and reducing the risk of fibrosis.
  • Improves the circulation and nutrition of the joints and accelerates the elimination of deposits of harmful products, decreases inflammation and edema of the joint reducing pain.
  • Eliminates the swelling after trauma to the ligaments.
  • Makes you feel good!

What is a good massage?

Features of a good massage:
The pressure of the fingers on the temples, the thumbs that press on the back, the hands, like those of the mother caressing her child, are spontaneous gestures that are used to look for a relief that often the medicines can not give. On the body level the massage produces numerous effects with the activation of important physical and biochemical reactions.

There is nothing better than a massage to mobilize a blocked energy, for example when we realize that we are terribly contracted throughout the body and breathe superficially. The massage also reactivates the circulation because it causes an expansion of the blood vessels and this causes a greater inflow of blood to the tissues, at the same time it favors the distension of the muscles, with the activation of the lymphatic and venous circulation. The massage determines a rebalancing of hormonal levels and an improvement in the oxygenation of tissues following the release and elimination of cellular waste and toxins through the increase of venous circulation, perspiration and urination.

In the massage all the energy points called chakras are stimulated and helped to rebalance, and receive energy if in defect, to discharge if in excess, so that the vital force that the body and mind need can flow freely throughout the being. Both the physical pains and even more those that are at the level of the psyche, (even if you do everything to hide them mostly to yourself), will find a relief and a discharge after a good massage performed periodically to gratify the body first and even more the mind.

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Sarah O'Connor

Sarah O'Connor

Sarah is part of the Team ELC and she helps people discover what makes their life happy, meaningful, and full of ease. She is a writer, meditator and loves painting, an art she happily gets to practice a lot in her spare time.