Click each systems' name  to see the specific benefits.
...Integumentery (Skin) System
  • Stimulates the skin and nervous system.
  • Increases the lymph and superficial blood flow to improve tissue health.
  • Reduces adhesions - changes collegenous fibers to a more mobile and fluid state
  • Helps in pain control by stimulating a pleasure response which travels faster than pain.
  • Directs healing and softens scar tissue.
...Lymphatic System
  • Increases the movement, circulation, and filtering of lymph to release toxins and waste.
  • Releases soft tissue constrictions on the lymphatic system.
  • Reduces edema (1 hour massage can release 1 liter of urine)
  • Stimulates lymph nodes, lymphocytes, and the immune system.
  • Enhance texture of the skin with repeated sessions.
...Muscular System
  • Reduces muscle spasm.
  • Interrupts the pain/spasm cycle by the increasing flow of ' energy and body nutrients' to tissues
  • Increases delivery of nutrients and removal of wastes held in tissues
  • Stretches and lengthens tissue.
  • Directs and improves structural alignment of scar tissue growth and repair.
  • Stimulates the release of local antihistamines.
  • Releases trigger points, taut bands, and adhesions.
  • Softens lengthens and stretches the fascia that surrounds the structures of the body.
  • Decreases excess muscle tension, which also lessens muscular compensation and imbalance
    so that the entire musculoskeletal and joint structure is more balanced.
...Nervous System
  • Causes an in-rush of sensory input to flood into the CNS (central nervous system) and can
    have a beneficial effect on pain, movement integrations, joint movement, and range of motion.
  • Influences and calms the ANS (autonomic nervous system) through the relaxation response
  • Interrupts the stress/tension cycle and reduces pressure on nerves by soft tissues.
  • Can reprogram movement habits in muscles and postural holding patterns by providing the
    CNS with new input.
  • Can either sedate or stimulate the CNS and can interrupt the perception of pain by the CNS.
  • Stimulates the production of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers.
...Skeletal System
  • Can affect the direction and type of pull and stress on the bones by improving posture and
    increasing range of motion.
  • Can decrease the tension placed on the bones and joints.
  • Improves circulation to and from the bone tissue.
  • Wolf's Law: A Bone will grow and change in response to the loads imposed on it.
  • Improves muscular balance around a joint.
...Cardiovascular System
  • Increases superficial blood flow in muscles, improves delivery of gases and nutrients to cells.
  • Increases the blood return to the heart.
  • Reduces blood viscosity (observable after 20 minutes of massage)
  • Relaxation response slows and strengthens the heart rate and increases the blood flow to the
    peripheral tissues causing a reduction in blood pressure..
  • Directs healing and softens scar tissue.
...Respiratory  System
  • Improves breathing patterns by increasing rib cage and abdominal mobility.  Also, eliminating
    pain syndromes (ex: back spasms) can increase and improve the breathing functions.
  • Increases blood flow and return of blood to the lungs which promotes increased gas exchange.
  • Percussion from massage can help loosen mucus and promote clearing of fluids from the
  • Eliciting the relaxation response will produce a deeper and more efficient breathing pattern.
...Digestion and Elimination  System
  • Improves and stimulates the circulation which can increase the function of all organs
  • Stimulates peristalsis (movement and clearing) of the large and small intestine.
  • Reduction of adhesions of tissues and muscles can increase organ function.
  • Increases the elimination of toxins and waste products.  
Information gathered from the American Massage Therapy Association and Colorado Institute of
Massage Therapy, my instruction and educational source.
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