At the home page, we've talked a little about the benefits of massage. Here's some more...
Massage has been known to increase the circulation of blood, lengthen muscular tissue, stimulate the nervous system, help to improve skin tone, increase muscle recovery rate and loosen scar tissue.
That's nice. Here's what's great!
FINALLY, SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE OF MASSAGE AND HEALING AFTER EXERCISE...
...In a study published by 'The Science Translational Medicine of February 1, 2012 and The New York Times of February 6, 2012. The volunteers were required to exercise to exhaustion and undergo five incisions in their legs for muscle tissue analysis. First visit: biopsied leg at rest. Second session: all 11 young male volunteers exercised on a stationary bicycle for more than an one hour until they couldn't go any further. Then each volunteer had one thigh massaged for 10 minutes. Then immediately after, the thigh muscle was biopsied again. Then after another two and a half hours rest, they did a third biopsy to track muscle injury and repair.
The researchers screened the tissue from the massaged and un-massaged thighs to compare their repair processes, and find out what difference massage would make. They found that massage reduced the production of compounds called cytokines, which play an important role in inflammation. It also stimulated mitochondria, molecular powerhouses that convert glucose into energy for cell function and repair.--"Finally, The Proof", by Jenn Sommerman, 'In Touch', Summer 2012
A Little Note about "Deep Tissue" Massage...
Have you ever gotten a "deep tissue" massage with the expectations that "deeper is better"? Have you ever wondered what exactly "deep tissue" really is? Many therapists and those who go for regular massage have varying opinions and definitions, but some may come with a common misconception.
Deep tissue is not the same thing as deep pressure. Deep pressure will only happen when your BODY relaxes enough to stop guarding itself so that whomever or whatever is providing the massage can gain ACCESS to the deeper levels of the tissue. Ironically, by then you may not feel the deep pressure, but your body WILL. Deep tissue is massage targeted for specific muscle groups for a chronic problem. It is NOT a full session (usually 60 minutes) and is NOT a full body treatment.
Deeper is Better? Or Is It?
The common notion that "deeper is better", may not be right...for you. Every body is different, and that is not in reference to individual preference. Everyone's body is different and will react differently to the pressure exerted upon it by the therapist or the person or thing applying whatever pressure upon a certain part of YOUR body. Ms. So and So's body may need only light pressure to react responsively to the manual therapy while Mr. Joe Simple may need deeper pressure to react responsively. But both need time...some more than others.