Physical Effects of Massage Pumping The stroking movements in massaging helps suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is essential in tight or damaged muscle tissue because tight muscles will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair. Increased tissue permeability Deep massaging causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker. Stretching Massaging can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibers are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massaging can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, releasing any tension or pressure build-up Improve tissue elasticity As a result of hard training, tissues can become hard and inelastic. Massaging helps reverse this by stretching the tissues. Opens micro-circulation Exercising and massaging increases blood flow to tissues. What massaging also does is open or dilate the blood vessels, and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily. Psychological Effects Reduce anxiety Massaging helps you relax, reduces stress and anxiety levels. Invigorating When getting a massage before a sporting event, it can produce an invigorating feeling We motivate, encourage, challenge and assist you to reach your goals in a safe environment. Physiological Effects Pain reduction Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massaging helps reduce this in many ways such as releasing the body’s endorphins. Relaxation When getting a massage before a sporting event, it can produce an invigorating feeling Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.