Reflexology Massage – activates the energy points on the soles, palms, and back
Lymphatic massage – flushes out toxins from the body, strengthens and improves the skin
Cupping massage – removes spinal and musculoskeletal pain
Hot stone massage – warms up your joints and tissues
Reconditioning and sports massage – the best to improve athletic performance
The effects of massage
There are three types of effects from massage – mechanical, biochemical and reflective.
The mechanical effect of massage lies in the fact that massage supports the return of deoxygenated blood back toward the Liver and the Heart. Blood that has delivered all its nutrients to tissues distant from the heart, through massage, this depleted blood is quickly returned to the Liver, where it will deliver its toxins and waste products and then resupply with nutrients and then enter the heart which will send it to lungs for re-oxygenation, back to the heart and finally out to nourish the muscles and nerves and other tissues of the body. Massage can thereby actually accelerate the process of overall cellular regeneration. According to experts, massage also helps improve the functioning of the lymphatic system.
A second effect of massage is biochemical. With well-performed massage, changes occur on the surface of the skin, due the change of blood flow to the skin. Skin redness from massage is actually a sign of other changes. As the science of biochemistry developed it was discovered that massage causes the body itself to release and activate substances that are normally present in the body at lower concentrations. Two main chemicals that are amplified are acetylcholine and histamine. These two substances causes dilation of surface capillaries, which are located under the skin; and by filling these superficial capillaries with oxygenated blood, there is a reddening of the skin. Furthermore this dilation of the superficial capillary network, means that there is a greater volume in the body for the blood to occupy which causes a general decrease in blood pressure.
A third effect of massage is that there are reflexive changes. We know that throughout the body we have a lot of body sensors, receptors that constantly inform us about the environment: what the temperature is, if it’s wet, windy, etc… All of these receptors are plugged into the central nervous system and provide information to the brain, which processes this data and uses this feedback to adjust the body for optimal performance in a given environment and to protect the body. With massage, these receptors and sensors are physically soothed and this helps to decrease the amount of noise and increase the clarity of these signals and this all helps to bring the body into a state of deep relaxed awareness.
All three of these types of effects of massage take place simultaneously and are very beneficial for the body being massaged.
Appropriately selected massage techniques and locations can achieve a response not only at the local site of application but also in remote locations, and consequently in the whole body. From this perspective, we can talk about the local, remote and global effects of massage.
- massage accelerates the elimination of superficial horny layer of the skin, there is increased secretion from sweat and sebaceous glands
- Massage pressure applied centripetally encourages the return of venous blood to the heart, and accelerates the draining of the lymphatic system.
- dilation and filling of the capillary beds increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and at the same time there is an increased flushing of metabolic products from the cells into the blood
- This capillary congestion at the same time promotes the resolution of edema, hematomas (bruises) and effusions, improves nutrition of the tissues, improves the activity of muscle tissue
- reduces muscle tension
- Action on the nerve endings at the body surface evoke responses at distant sites. It is a reflex effects of massage, reflected changing congestion and improving performance deep-seated tissues and organs.
- stimulation of the nerve endings and the formation of the biologically active substances (biogenic amines) which perform important functions in the nervous system.
- improvement in nerve function and signal clarity
- increased metabolism
- change of the internal environment of the body and endocrine glands
- Massage helps to support the physiological processes in an organism