Massage therapy: A shower of healing chemicals
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues. Generally, massage is known to improve the circulatory system, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. Massage benefits the whole body, both physiologically and psychologically, and it is a safe, noninvasive way to promote relaxation and to stimulate the body's own innate healing mechanisms.
"The skin is one of the richest sources of immune cells which when properly massaged produces a shower of healing chemicals into the blood stream". Deepak Chopra MD
There are different types of massage techniques to different needs that can be blended for optimal benefits, such as:
Deep Tissue Massage is one of the best and most effective ways to treat muscular pain. It uses firm-pressure designed to release tight layers of muscle and tissue, which usually develops from stress, bad posture, injury or overuse. It works on the deeper layer of muscle tissue and is design to relieve severe tension in the muscles. It is often recommended for individuals who experience muscular pain or prefer a more vigorously pressure.
Swedish or Holistic Massage is simply known as 'therapeutic massage' is ideal to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you more relaxed. Besides its calming benefits, Swedish massage is good for easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins as well as to improve circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood but also helps to stimulate the nervous system and to reduce emotional and physical stress.
Acupressure Massage has the same principles of acupuncture and uses pressure along our meridians to stimulate the body's own innate healing mechanisms. In Chinese medicine the meridians are the main centers of energy in our body and when stimulated appropriated it helps to relieve pain and encourage the body to heal itself.
Prenatal Massage is a wonderful experience that helps the mother-to-be relax as her body goes through the dynamic changes of pregnancy. The treatment enhances muscle and joint functions, improves circulation and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The noninvasive approach of prenatal massage nurtures and supports the body during a period of physiological change, and helps the mother-to-be prepare the whole body for labor. Research has shown that massage has an indirect relaxing effect on the baby as the mother releases oxytocin and prolactin (the 'love' and 'feel good' hormones)as a result of skin stimulation. See more benefits of prenatal massage in this research and in this article.