“Sure it can help you relax. But massage therapy can do much more that.”
Most people would agree a massage makes them feel good. But many probably don’t realize exactly how good a regular massage is for their overall health. How about if they knew a massage could improve performance, aid recovery, prevent and eliminate injuries, reduce stress and even enhance metabolism and blood circulation.
To an average Nigerian, a message simply looks a lot like pressing and kneading on one’s skin, but a massage is actually a scientific process. The reason you feel different after a massage is that it is healing and invigorating tired, aching or injured muscles. This is where a massage has a huge advantage, as a massage can dramatically aid lymph movement, which together with blood, supplies nutrients and oxygen and rids wastes and toxins.
Massage plays a huge part in every form of sport or exercise. Unfortunately, many people believe aches and pains are an inevitable consequence of actions. But massage can actually reduce or eliminate what may appear to be “exercise-induced pain”. It can increase endurance, control fatigue and help people feel better when used as part of a regular health program. Massage can also speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation from dead tissue. By helping to reduce fatigue and aid recovery, massage enables more productive training, with longer and more effective workouts.
Massage also helps recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. Tissue growth and repair is accelerated by efficient circulation and appropriate stimulation. Everybody experiences some form of stress through work, family, the environment and society. Mental tensions, frustrations, and insecurity cause the most damage. Hormones released by stress actually cause shrinkage of blood vessels, inhibiting proper blood circulation. A stressed mind means the heart has to work even harder, breathing suddenly becomes rapid and shallow, nearly the entire body process is degraded. A soothing and relaxing massage can counteract the effects of stress.
Massage knows no limits, it works wonders on young, old, and in between. It can be especially helpful to the middle-aged and elderly who start to experience the physical effect of aging.