Lets keep it real basic.
Picture a soapy sponge.
Put it in a sink of clean water. Push down on it, the soap squeezes out. When your hand is taken off, clean water is sucked
in. Do this a number of times and eventually you have a clean sponge.
Now lets look at muscle. I don't care what
kind of athlete you happen to be, competitive, recreational, or industrial, if you're alive, you're
using muscles. Various toxins accumulate. Muscles tighten restricting blood flow. This, in turn, causes aches and
pains, or worse yet, injury.
Massage releases the build up in tissues, much like pressing on the sponge. The pressure
on the muscle moves the toxins out, and when the pressure is released, fresh blood moves in.
With the toxic 'dams'
removed, blood can flow freely. With the fullest flow of blood available, many muscle "by products," such as Lactic
Acid and so on, are whisked away in the newly opened river. This free flow allows fresh nutrients and "oxygen-rich"
blood to flood the area. This is necessary for the muscle to be at its fullest potential.
So back to 'Why Massage?'
- Muscles are relaxed, softened, stretched, and soothed
- Toxins are released from muscles
- Circulation increases
- Muscles are oxygen enriched
- Range of motion is improved
flexibility is greater
- Healing time is faster
- The risk of injury is reduced
& inflamation are reduced
- Endorphin's, one of the
body's natural painkillers, are increased
- The immune system
- Healthier muscles and skin are created
- Posture is improved
is deeper and easier
- Mental stress is reduced, creating a calmer
Massage Promotes Overall