The Ecology of Humans (64) Massage


Pressure, properly applied, has profound effects. ~ American massage therapist Candace Parmer

Our animal body exists to move. Motility is a matter of muscle.

The state of the body’s health is readily told by ease of movement. The muscles store both strength and stress.

The body feels like timber if it does not stay limber. Sitting is a form of atrophy.

Many joint pains are caused by muscular tension: holding the limbs in improper positions, and with twists that create and exacerbate muscular problems.

Massage unlocks the tensions of muscles and creates a cascade of positive benefits throughout the body down to the cellular level. The immune system perks up after massage.

Massage literally changes brain chemistry. ~ Candace Parmer

Massage releases endorphins that relieve pain and create a sense of well-being. Muscles unknot and relax under massage. Massage flushes lactic acid stored in muscles which inhibits movement. Pinched nerve pathways and blockages that engender inflammation are cleared.

Massage accelerates recovery from injury by stimulating collagen production. Collagen – the body’s structural repair material – is the primary protein of connective tissues. Collagen is the most abundant protein in mammals, comprising 25–35% of bodily protein content.

Massage eliminates energy blockages and improves lengyre flow throughout the body. Massage relieves stress. This is self-evident after a massage.