Our muscles are connective tissue, their aim is to move our skeleton and protect it. Muscles are made up of tiny strands with very small hairs down each side - these strands then make up bundles which are then surrounded by endomysium tissue to form a whole muscle. When our muscles suffer an injury, trauma, or become tight due to an imbalance, the small fibres will either stick together or become torn.
Massage aims to open these muscle fibres, reline them, increase muscle cell production to make the muscle stronger, which then increases the body’s natural healing process, helps to restore mobility and flexibility to muscular cells making them more elastic.
By working the opposing muscles imbalances can be restored, especially if people are spending long periods of time sitting in front of a computer, or where trauma has been experienced. Massage can also reduce strain on other connective tissues like tendons, ligaments and bone from all areas of the body such as the neck, shoulder, hip, back and lower limbs.
Massage is a great stress reliever. Modern day life puts a lot of pressure on us, leading to a lot of physical and emotional stress upon our bodies. Over a period of time this stress can tense up our muscles causing them to become out of balance. These imbalances can then lead to painful muscle tightening, which, over a period of time puts tension upon associated nerves, causing them to go into spasm. Massage can help to calm the pain receptors of the brain which will reduce pain, helping to manage long term conditions.
Massage can also be very beneficial in rebalancing our body systems. In order for our bodies to function on a daily basis we need systems like the digestive system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, skeletal system, muscular system and immune system funtioning correctly. When any one of these systems becomes unbalanced or over active then this can cause chronic problems such as Parkinsons and polymyalgia fibromyalgia. Massage can aid in the rebalance of these systems and so may be used to help manage ongoing chronic conditions.
Massage has many physical benefits, and a therapist will use a variety of techniques to aid in your recovery.