Massage, which dates back as far as 3000 BC in India, is the manual application of pressure on the soft tissues, in a repetitive, rhythmical and fluid manner, varying in depth, intensity and technique depending on the requirements. There are two main responses involved, mechanical response of the tissue to the pressure and the reflex response when the nerves react to the stimulation.

Massage increases the blood circulation which helps to improve healing, reduce swelling and remove toxins after exercise and  therefore aid recovery from muscle fatigue. The increased blood flow increases the temperature of the tissues making the connective tissue more flexible. The heat and increased endorphins can aid with relaxation.

The Effects of Massage

Improved joint mobility

Improved muscle function and flexibility

Reduced muscle fatigue

Improved blood circulation

Improved lymphatic drainage

Induced relaxation

Improved skin circulation

Improved intestinal function – massage increases peristalsis in the large intestine, helping to relieve constipation, colic and gas and it stimulates the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which stimulates digestion.

Improved urinary output

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