Classic massage

Classic massage – positive effects

The physical effects of massage extend to almost all body tissues. Classic body massage not only improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow; indirectly it has a very beneficial effect on the nerves, particularly on the autonomous nerve system. It improves digestion, metabolism and nutrients utilisation, and helps eliminate excess water from the body.

Classic massage improves blood circulation

The main immediate effect of massage is better blood circulation and lymphat ic flow, which improves tissue metabolism. This occurs because of the reflex expansion of smaller arteries and the mechanically accelerated drainage of venous blood. The accelerated blood flow is a reflex response to the stimuli of pressure and relaxation and to the compression of internal walls of blood vessels during massage. Better circulation also results from the natural expansion of blood vessels due to friction heating.

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Classic massage effects on skin and muscles

The effects of massage are immediately seen on the skin. The improved skin metabolism and respiration are caused mechanically by the scrubbing of the dead callous layers and scales of skin, as well as the removal of the secretions of sweat and sebaceous glands. Massage softens the subcutaneous tissue and reduces the possibility of skin sticking. Excessive accumulation of liquid and fat, tight muscular knots, or even scars can be markedly reduced with appropriate massage techniques.

We should also mention the improved blood cell counts, lowered heart rate and blood pressure, lowered blood sugar and acid levels and the improved alkaline reserves, which are important for the binding of excess lactic acid. However, the longest-term effects of massage can be seen in the muscles. These result primarily from the improved blood circulation and supply of oxygen, glucose and other substances important for metabolism, as well as the elimination of metabolites which cause muscle fatigue (lactic acid). Blood circulation may indeed increase by as much as eight hundred percent.

Another important effect is the softening and relaxation of individual muscle fibres and the removal of knots which are caused by disturbances in local metabolism and excessive muscle strain. These may make the muscle unable to relax and prone to cramps. The massage of joints and ligaments is particularly important, since it increases lymphatic flow and the secretion of synovial fluid, keeping the joints flexible.