Massage therapy has long been used by athletes to aid in the recovery of muscle strain and overuse. However, non-athletes can also enjoy the many benefits of a professional massage to help the muscles heal more quickly. The hands-on manipulation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments relaxes clenched muscles and improves blood circulation. Research has shown that massage also helps remove
waste products, such as lactic acid, from the muscles and improves blood pressure and heart rate..
Massage works in a number of ways:
It promotes muscle relaxation
It increases lymphatic circulation to reduce inflammation
It breaks up scar tissue and adhesions
It promotes blood flow through the muscles
Additionally, massage can improve circulation and flexibility, promote healthy skin, and calm the mind. It can also be used to treat stress-related ailments such as insomnia and headaches, and provide you the necessary time to relax.
Reflexology is a form of massage that focuses on the feet and is based on the principles of acupuncture and acupressure. Reflexology maps out the entire body on the bottom of the feet, where different parts of the foot correspond to different organs or parts of the body. The reflexologist uses thumb pressure to stimulate these areas, with a focus on problem spots or symptomatic areas. The entire foot is massaged as well as the hands. Reflexology can be used to promote overall health and deep relaxation. It can also help with circulation, immune function, and muscular tension.