A simple effective self-massage can do wonders to ease away tension and restore energy after a stressful tiring day. You can use self-massage to target particular aches and pains or areas of tension, for relief just where you need it. The beauty of self-massage is you can do it to suit your needs and moods at any time- to unwind in the evening or to energize in the morning.
The massage can stimulate and relax the body and the mind. The skin, blood and lymphatic systems are stimulated, which boosts blood circulation, aids cellular renewal and removes toxic wastes. As tense muscles relax, stiff joints loosen and nerves are soothed, an all over feeling of relaxation and well being comes about.
The nervous system is a highly complex network which relays messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The part of the nervous system which regulates many physiological functions leaves the brain at the base of the skull and runs down the spinal cord, protected be the spine’s bony vertebrae. Millions of nerve endings run throughout the body, controlling much of the way it functions. Depending on the depth of the massage movements used, the nerve endings can be stimulated and soothed.
With massage comes an increase in blood circulation. This helps the exfoliation of superficial dead skin cells, tones the skin and encourages its renewal process. Massage helps maintain the collagen fibres, which give skin its elasticity and strength, and keep wrinkles at bay. The activity of the sweat and sebaceous glands, which lubricate and moisturize the skin, is regulated.
With the increase in the blood flow, the blood’s vital nutrients circulate more efficiently. Massage is popular because it can improve muscle tone, restore mobility and ensure the eliminations of waste products. With regular massage strains and sprains heal more rapidly, while calf cramps and stiff muscles can become a thing of the past. Massage will loosen and warm up the muscles, it will ease sore, aching limbs.
By dilating the blood vessel, massage increases the blood circulation. A good circulatory system means that an efficient supply of the blood’s constituents, including oxygen and nutrients, reaches the billions of individual cells. This is vital for the healthy functioning of the whole body, from the muscles to internal organs such as the kidneys and liver.
At the same time the increase in blood circulation helps accelerate the lymphatic system, which absorbs and eliminates waste substances. Unlike the blood circulation, which has the heart to pump it round, the lymphatic system has no pump of its own and is dependent on muscular action for its efficiency. Massage is an important means of speeding up the flow of the lymph, encouraging a more effective filtering and elimination of waste throughout the body. An efficient lymphatic system provides the body with a strong immune system to fight against infections and diseases.
Massage mobilizes the digestive system so that the processes of assimilation and elimination are improved, helping problems like constipation and flatulence. The digestive system is quick to respond to stress, and the reduction in anxiety and tension which comes with regular massage has a regulating effect on the digestion.