One of the many benefits of massage is that it can boost your body’s circulation. Poor circulation is responsible for a host of different health problems including cold hands and feet, a condition called edema where the trappings of excess fluid in your body’s tissues build up, general fatigue, achiness and soreness, and exhaustion. Massage therapy can help address many of these issues as well as increase the circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body to help you feel your best.
How Massage Works
The boost of blood flow from a massage happens when the application of pressure and movement from the massage therapist’s hands manipulates your bodily tissues and blood is encouraged through congested areas under your skin. These stagnant areas receive nutrients, oxygen, and stimulation that can help decrease many of the symptoms of a low functioning circulatory system. Another benefit from massage facilitating better circulation is that it can also help remove toxins quicker as they build up in your muscles including an with an increased movement of lymph and removal of lactic acid.
Areas of Concentration:
- Arms, Hands, Shoulders
Stress is frequently carried in shoulder area where people have a tendency to hunch in bad posture. Another display of anxiety or stress is balled up fists. This stress can tax the whole body including the arms, hands, and wrist areas if not addressed properly. Massage is a great way to induce relaxation and to let go of tension whether it is physically manifesting or if it’s just emotional taxing the body.
The lower extremities benefit from the gentle but firm pressure and movement involved in a massage. It can help kick start a sluggish lymphatic system and prevent conditions such as varicose veins.
- Back and Buttocks
Two areas that need special attention, both your back and buttocks, can produce great results with a massage for an improvement to increase the functions of your lymphatic and circulatory systems.
Boosting your blood flow is a way you can feel more energized, refreshed, and prepared to take on whatever life brings. Not to mention, it can help lower blood pressure and enhance your body’s natural healing tendencies!