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Understanding the Effects of Massage Therapy on the Body

Last updated 5 years ago

Massage therapy is an alternative medical practice which focuses on improving one’s overall health and wellness by manipulating the muscles and soft tissues using controlled, forceful movements of the hands, fingers, wrists, and elbows. A number of individuals invest in massage therapy as a way to relax and provide stress relief; however, massage therapy has also shown to provide a number of additional benefits:

  • Decreased Muscle Tension

Swedish and deep tissue massages are among the two most common massage therapy techniques performed today. By using long, gliding strokes combined with powerful kneading motions, these massage techniques reenergize the body and alleviate muscle tension caused by stress, poor posture, and soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. In many cases, Swedish massage can also be used to break down scar tissue between layers of muscle.

  • Improved Mood

Studies show that massage therapy helps maintain proper levels of cortisol, serotonin, and dopamine—three chemicals which are essential to mood regulation. By managing these chemicals and decreasing brain activity in the right frontal lobe, massage therapy not only helps to decrease anxiety, but also alleviate symptoms of depression.

  • Increased Circulation

The squeezing, pushing, and kneading motions performed during massage therapy sessions can directly benefit your cardiovascular system. For example, by moving blood through congested areas and flushing lactic acid from your muscles, massage can decrease blood pressure, remove metabolic waste from internal organs, and bring essential nutrients to your organs and soft tissues.

Whether you are interested in improving your circulation, alleviating depression, or just spending a relaxing day at a day spa, Spa Reveil is here for you. We offer an excellent selection of exclusive spa treatments. Visit our helpful website or give our spa sanctuary a call at (512) 961-4714 for more information on our skin care services and customized spa treatments. 


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