Massage releases the tension out of muscles, and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals created by the body, they create feelings of pleasure and have many pain relieving qualities. There are certain points in the body that can cause the release of pleasure chemicals, which wards away pain and prevents it from coming back for a while. All parts of the body can be used to stimulate the release of these chemicals, including the back.
Why do You Need Massage?
Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It helps to ease stress and muscular tension, relieve pain from injuries, and speed healing from some acute and chronic conditions. Today millions of people worldwide go to massage therapists as a form of regular health-care maintenance and in the UK, especially in London, the profession is booming.
The practice of massage has been used for thousands of years. As early as 2700 BC, the Chinese text The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine recommended that “breathing exercises, massage of the skin and flesh, and exercises of the hands and feet” be used to treat paralysis, chills, and fever. In 400 BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about the necessity for all physicians to use rubbing as a remedy, particularly to treat sports and war injuries. Ancient records from Japan also refer to massage therapy, and the technique is known to have been used by other cultures as well, including the Egyptians, Romans, and Arabs.
Whilst the relaxing benefits of massage are well known, massage therapy can also be holistically integrated into your treatment plan to promote healing and alleviate pain.
Massage is so much more than aromatherapy oils and soft music. The manual manipulation of soft tissues has mechanical, physiological and psychological effects too. Manual massage can be used to target muscular spasms, trigger points and hypertonicity in the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia in order to relieve pain and stress.