Massage involves rubbing and manipulation of muscles, tendons, skin and ligaments. Massage has gone beyond the walls of your favorite spa to medical settings, such as clinics and hospitals. A full body massage offers multiple benefits, both physical and psychological. Consult your doctor before undergoing a massage if you have medical conditions, such as cancer, fractures, blood clots, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis or if you are pregnant.
Reduction of stress, anxiety and depression
A massage reduces stress levels in most people. Massage can also help control or reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. While there are no studies to show that massage reduces symptoms of depression, some people with depression feel that their symptoms diminish after massage. The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals reports that massage offers other benefits for your well-being, such as better sleep, more energy, better concentration and less fatigue.
Pain and Stiffness
A full body massage can relieve pain and stiffness in the body according to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Full body massage can release endorphins, which act as an analgesic. Massage sometimes helps relieve the pain of migraine. Muscles that are tired, exercised excessively or some other pain, can relax and soften through massage. A massage can relieve an athlete's muscle pain after a hard workout, or benefit from a sports injury.
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals states that massage can increase circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to tissues and organs. A massage can help control blood pressure. While these benefits may offer positive medical benefits, you should continue with the regular medical care of a health professional, especially if you have a medical condition.
Immune System Functioning
A full body massage can increase the functionality of your immune system, according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps protect the body's immune system.
Benefits of the skin
A full body massage helps eliminate dead skin cells throughout the body for a better skin tone. The stimulated blood flow benefits the appearance and health of the skin. Massage can also stimulate tissue regeneration, which can help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Depending on the kind used, massage oil can provide hydration and other benefits to the skin.