Are you one of those people who thinks that massage is really only a pampering indulgence? Well, I hope that I can help to educate you in the health benefits of massage.
Massage helps to maintain healthy tissue! Rubbish you say? Well have you thought about the structure of the body?
Human bodies are made up of many different types of tissue ranging from bone to muscle to blood vessels. The body's life line is the blood vessels as every cell needs to receive nutrients and to have waste products removed. Blood vessels connect to every tissue in the body.
Your blood vessers are bascially hollow tubes in which plasma, red blood cells, and other material are contained and carried throughout the body. As such, these hollow tubes can easily be constricted by your own tight muscles. Think of a garden hose. If you step on the hose, water stops flowing. If you lift your foot up, water flow returns. This is the same effect of tight muscles.
Here is another way of seeing how muscle tension can affect blood flow. Take a sponge. The holes in the sponge represent the many blood vessels in a part of your body. Put the sponge in a big bowl of water and let the sponge fill-up with water. This is what normal tissue is like. Now squeeze all the water out of the sponge. Notice how much water comes out. Keep squeezing the sponge. Put the sponge back into the water. Hold for a minute and then remove from the bowl of water. See if you can squeeze the sponge. Does any water come out? No? Well, this is what is happening in your body when muscles are tense and tight: the tissues are no longer receiving adequate nutrition and the removal of waste products. Not a healthy situation!
So what does massage do? Massage helps to release muscular tension. Once tension is released, normal blood flow is restored. (Some strokes help circulation by stimulating blood flow.)
Are you a tense person? For your health, you need a massage!