The benefits and harms of massage


Massage is massaging various parts of the body by pressing them in certain ways, and making specific movements, with the aim of stimulating blood circulation, and treating tightening muscles and joints, especially in the neck and back area, thus increasing the feeling of comfort and relaxation, and for effective massage, some natural oils and creams can be used. And the various lotions, and in this article we will talk about the benefits of massage, its harms, in addition to the contraindications of massage.

Massage benefits

  • Relieving pain and spasms affecting muscles, strengthening them, in addition to increasing their ability to absorb nutrients in foods.
  • Increase joint flexibility and facilitate their movement. Reducing the feelings of anxiety, tension, insomnia, and stress, thus increasing the feeling of relaxation.
  • Reducing the risk of developing advanced age-related muscular dystrophy.
  • Reducing the risk of rheumatism, and preserving nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur inside the bones.
  • Reducing the tension of the tendons and ligaments attached to the tissues.
  • Stimulate blood circulation.
  • Clear the skin of dead cells, making the skin brighter, fresh, and smoother.
  • Regeneration of damaged tissues as a result of burns, wounds, and wrinkles.
  • Stimulate the glands to perform their normal functions.
  • Increase the access of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and tissues of the body.
  • Lowering high blood pressure levels. Strengthen the heart, and regulate the heart rate.
  • Improving metabolism, thus burning the accumulated fats in the body.
  • Improve the process of breathing, and strengthen the muscles of the respiratory system.
  • Stimulation of the nervous system, which makes the person more energetic and active.
  • Relieves body pain by stimulating the responsible endorphins.
  • Reducing fluid retention in the body.
  • Facilitate childbirth.

Damages of massage

In some cases, when performing a massage, some negative and painful signs may appear resulting from the wrong way in which the massage was performed, and when one of these symptoms is noticed, one should go to the doctor immediately:

  • Feeling of severe pain and stiffness in the head and neck.
  • Decreased ability to speak.
  • Blurred vision

Contraindications to massage

  • Spinal injuries, and its internal and external infections.
  • A jaw in the joints.
  • Cancer.
  • Muscle tear.
  • Cases of high body temperature.
  • Varicose veins, blood clots, or heart disorders.
  • Epilepsy or asthma.
  • Respiratory problems such as shortness of breath.
  • Bleeding in the bladder, lungs or brain.

Tips when doing a massage session

Before starting the massage:

  • Take a warm bath; To help clear your mind and relax muscles.
  • Doing regular exercise before the massage to prepare the muscles for the process of massage, and it is necessary to refrain from exercising after the massage for a period of at least 12 hours to completely relax the muscles, and avoid stretching them.
  • Refrain from eating food that causes gas and flatulence, such as cabbage, broccoli, and apples, and make sure to eat a meal hours before the session.

During the massage: breathe deeply and regularly during the massage session, and avoid holding your breath to obtain internal and external comfort.

After the massage: Increase the intake of water to moisturize the muscle tissue, build it in a correct manner, and contribute to ridding it of the substances that are secreted during the muscle massaging process