In today’s ‘health-conscious’ culture, we are all aware that Massage Therapy is good for us, but how many know exactly Why?
“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health our Faculty has a passion for educating students about the Why of all things related to massage and the body”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for the Laguna Hills location. “No course better demonstrates this passion than our 100-hour class titled: Anatomy for Body-workers. In this class the instructors present a detailed exploration of the body’s many Systems, how they serve the body. We also educate students on just how these body systems are positively impacted by massage. Below are a few “fun facts” shared in class”, she added.
The Circulatory System: A good circulatory system means that an adequate supply of the blood’s nutrients and oxygen reach billions of cells in the body. This is vital for the healthy functioning of the whole body, from the muscles to internal organs. By encouraging dilation of the blood vessels, Massage increases the bloods circulation throughout the entire body.
The Integumentary System (The Skin!): If you want a glowing complexion, consider receiving a regular Massage. Full body massage helps to exfoliate superficial dead skin cells of the body. It also increases circulation and facilitates cell renewal. Receiving Massage regularly can help keep wrinkles at bay by maintaining the collagen fibers that give skin its elasticity and strength (tone).
The Muscular System: Massage increases blood flow, thus allowing vital nutrients to circulate more efficiently. Massage is popular among sports enthusiasts because it improves muscle tone and strength, restores mobility, optimizes performance and ensures elimination of waste products. Massage before exercise, can help loosen and warm up muscles thus reducing injury. After exercise massage can ease soreness, relieve cramps, relax muscles, increase range of motion, and helps speed healing.
Digestive System: Your digestive system is the first to respond to stress. Something unexpected or uncomfortable comes up and immediately we feel “knots in our stomachs” as our anxiety level increases. Fortunately, regular massage helps regulate your digestive system. In addition to releasing tight stomach muscles and getting the intestines to relax, a stomach massage helps to mobilize food through the digestive system. Proper digestion aids in the assimilation of nutrients and facilitates ease of elimination. It also reduces symptoms such as flatulence and constipation.
The Nervous System: The nervous system is a complex network that relays messages from the brain to the rest of the body. Millions of nerve endings leave the brain at the base of the skull and run down the spinal cord. Depending on the depth of the massage and the specific techniques used, the nerve endings can be either stimulated or soothed.
Lymphatic System (aka Immune System): The lymph system absorbs and eliminates waste substances within the body. Unlike blood circulation, the lymphatic system has no pump of its own and is dependent on muscular action to get its work done. The increased circulation caused by Massage helps to accelerate the Lymphatic System. Massage therapy actually speeds the flow of lymph, encouraging a more effective filtering and elimination of waste throughout the body. An efficient lymphatic system provides the body with a strong immune system to fight against infections and disease.
NOTE: Anatomy for Bodyworkers comes to our San Diego classroom on January 5th 2019.
At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, we’ve prepared more than 7,000 graduates for successful careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! To learn more about Anatomy for Body-workers or any of the other 80+ classes offered, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com. Or, call us at: (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa/San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido and (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.