Massage Therapy Improves Blood Circulation
The long-term effects of massage therapy are more than skin
deep. Better blood circulation is part of the chain reaction that
occurs in the body as a result of receiving massage therapy on a
According to Eileen Cahalane of Alive Magazine:
A person with poor circulation can
suffer from a variety of discomforts including pooling of the fluid
in the extremities (like the toes), cold hands and feet, fatigue
and achiness created by an accumulation of lactic acid in the
muscles. Good circulation brings damaged, tense muscles the oxygen
rich blood they need to heal.
Massage facilitates circulation
because the pressure created by the massage technique actually
moves blood through the congested areas. The release of this same
pressure causes new blood to flow in. The squeezing and pulling
also flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the
circulation of the lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away
from muscles and internal organs, resulting in lower blood pressure
and improved body function.
Improved blood circulation is just
one more benefit of massage therapy.
Combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise, massage can be
a powerful, natural ally for a healthier lifestyle.
Benefits of Improved Circulation
- Enhances blood flow
- Naturally lowers blood pressure
- Improves body function