- Increases feelings of well-being
- Reduces stress
- Lowers blood pressure
- Stretches muscles
- Increases flexibility
- Loosens Adhesions
Increases feelings of well-being
Massage increases the levels of oxytocin, a hormone which increases feelings of well-being.
Standard Swedish massage compresses tissue which increases the flow of blood and lymph to the area. Blood brings fresh oxygen to muscle cells and lymph helps clear out metabolic debris and toxins that cause soreness.
Lowers blood pressure
Massage lowers levels of the hormone vasopressin - this causes the smooth muscle lining arteries to relax, which lowers blood pressure.
As muscles are compressed and released with massage, they relax and resume their normal length. Once muscles are relaxed, they can be gently stretched further.
Tight muscles limit your range of motion. Massage loosens muscles so you can move easier and more fully.
Cross-fiber friction is a deep massage performed across the grain of a muscle. It helps scar tissue be more pliable, and can help loosen adhesions.