The Healing Power of a Massage
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Massage involves systematic stroking, rubbing and kneading of the soft tissues of the body in an effort to induce a state of total relaxation. Despite common misconceptions, massage is becoming more accepted as a legitimate means to relieve minor medical conditions.
Although the practice of massage has been discredited in the past, mainly by advocates of modern medicine, it has recently been growing in practice. Massage has been shown to maintain stability and enhance performance in nearly all of the body’s major systems. The muscular, skeletal, circulatory, nervous and respiratory systems can be positively affected by massage.
The theory behind massage is the relief of muscle tension, and the relaxation of the body will allow for a faster healing process. It can increase and improve circulation to damaged tissue areas. Those who play sports know that it is important to stretch and relax muscles for peak performance, and the same idea underlies the massage process.