Regular massages provide an extraordinary amount of benefits to personal health. Massage therapy can improve both mental and physical health. Benefits of massage therapy include, but are not limited to, increased blood flow, increased lymphatic flow, increased metabolism, improvement in the healing of the muscles and improvements in stress and emotional health.
Massage can be especially beneficial when recovering from an injury or a surgical procedure. When our body is injured, it goes through three phases of healing. The first is inflammation, followed by regeneration, and then remodeling. Massage therapy helps to accelerate and improve this process.
During inflammation the injured tissue is stabilized. After inflammation has subsided, massage can help to increase the circulation of blood, which helps to accelerate the regeneration of the damaged tissue. Finally during the remodeling stage where scar tissue is usually developed, massage can help to break down scar tissue and assist in the creation of healthy repaired tissue.