Massage is believed to improve blood and lymph circulation. This is probably due partly to the physical manipulation of soft tissue and partly to the chemicals released as part of the relaxation response.
Improved circulation can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. As cellular health improves, tissues function more efficiently. More efficient functioning leads to the removal of waste products and may increase the absorption of excess fluids and reduce swelling in soft tissues.
Massage causes physiological changes in your body through :
● The relaxation response which is an involuntary yet predictable response of the nervous system to massage techniques and touch.
● Mechanical responses which are physical effects that occur in the body when pressure is applied to soft tissues.