Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Purpose of Swedish Massage:

The main purpose of a full-body swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
  Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while soothing the nerves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is recommended for one's regular stress management program.

Muscle of Body
Muscle of Body 
              The following are the key effects of massage:
   Reduced muscle tension. Massage affects the muscles throughout the body. Massage affects the muscles and other soft tissues throughout the body. It loosens contracted, shortened, hardened muscles. Massage can stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. Chronic muscle tension reduces the circulation of the blood and movement of lymph in an area.   Improved blood circulation. The oxygen capacity of the blood can increase 10-15% after massage. By indirectly or directly stimulating nerves that supply internal organs, blood vessels of these organs dilate and allow greater blood supply to them.   Better lymph movement. Lymph is a milky white fluid that drains impurities and waste away from the tissue cells. A component of these wastes is toxins which are the by-products of metabolism. So, it is a vital to our health. Muscular contraction has a pumping effect that moves lymph. Massage and exercise help to move lymph.
  Increased mobility and range of motion of joints. Massage provides a gentle stretching action to both the muscles and connective tissues that surround and support the muscles and many other parts of the body, which helps keep these tissues elastic.   Stimulated or soothed nervous system. Massage balances the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed by the individual at the time of the massage.   Enhanced skin condition. Massage enhances the skin condition by improving the function of the sebaceous and sweat glands, which keep the skin lubricated, clean, and cool.   Better digestion and intestinal function. Massage increases the body’s secretions and excretions. It increases the production of gastric juices, saliva, and urine. There is also an increased excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus, and salt. As a result, the metabolic rate increases.   Relief of acute and chronic pain. Massage can promote recovery from the fatigue and from minor aches and pains.
   Beneficial effects on the internal organs and the immune system.
   Reduced swelling.
   Reduced stress.
   General relaxation.
Overall improvement in physical health and the quality of life.

Thanks to : http://physicalandmentalfitness.blogspot.com

Essentials of Swedish Massage

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