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Massage has so many benefits to the body's various systems. Some of the most profound benefits are:

General Benefits:

• Massage feels good, it is pleasurable.

• Increases body awareness.

• Reduces stress.

• Calms the nervous system and has a centering effect.

• Relaxes and clears the mind.

• Relieves tension-related headaches.

• Helps to improve posture.

• Massage helps to fulfill the need for a caring and nurturing touch.

• Promotes self-esteem and a feeling of well-being.

• Reduces levels of anxiety.

• Increases the awareness of the body-mind connection and emotional awareness.

Circulatory System's Benefits:

• Produces a dilation of the blood vessels thereby improving circulation.

• Speeds the elimination of the waste products of metabolism.

• Helps to reduce swelling.

• Increases the number of red blood cells in circulation.

• Massage has the overall effect of lowering blood pressure.

• Facilitates tissue healing through the enhancement of circulation.

• Reduces the pulse rate.

• Massage can break the cycle of spasm and pain by decreasing both.

Musculoskeletal Systems' Benefits:

• Increases the blood supply and nutrition to the muscles.

• Helps muscles recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue.

• Relaxes muscles, reducing spasm, tension and cramping.

• Reduces adhesions and fibrosis.

• Improves circulation and nutrition of the joints

• Helps to reestablish proper tone in muscles.

• Reduces joint strain and compression through releasing tight muscles

• Increases ease and efficiency of movement.

• Massage can stimulate muscle contraction.

Nervous System's Benefits:

• Stimulates the touch, pressure and proprioceptive receptors of the skin and underlying tissue.

• Massage can have a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of treatment given.

• Known to affect the neurotransmitters of the brain and increase endorphin secretion.

•Reduce nerve entrapment through the release of soft tissue or muscular binding.

• Reduce nerve root compression caused by muscular tension.

Lymphatic System's Benefits:

• Increases tissue fluid and lymphatic circulation thus reducing swelling and enhancing the immune and filtering activities of this system.

• Increases venous and lymphatic flow.

• Reduces swelling by enhancing lymphatic circulation.

Excretory System's Benefits:

• Massage increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and waste products of protein metabolism, inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal individuals.

• Massage can facilitate elimination through the large intestines by mechanically stimulating peristalsis and improving tone.

Skin's Benefits:

• Helps to reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues as well as increasing its circulation and improve its nutrition.

Respiratory System's Benefits:

• Massage deepens and normalizes the breathing pattern through relaxation, and release of tension in the breathing structures, both the rib cage and the muscles of respiration.

• Massage can be used to relieve congestion in the lungs through percussive and compressive movements.

Digestive System's Benefits:

• Stimulates peristalsis and can reduce cramping or spasm in the digestive tract.

• Supports healthy digestion through its stress releasing effects.

East Hill Therapeutic Massage

Judy Visser, LMT #MA60173733

Kent, WA 98030

Phone: 253-486-8496