Oxygen is vital to all carbon-based organisms.
And oxygen is delivered throughout your body by your blood. Pumped by your heart, your blood circulates oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, where they are converted into energy. A by-product of this energy conversion process is lactic acid, which is filtered out with other metabolic wastes and carried away by your lymph system. It’s a miraculous ‘sanitary system’ of the body that is in charge of your immunity, and protecting you from disease. When your activity becomes strenuous, this filtration and cleansing loses its efficiency. Similar problems occurs with too little activity, like when you’ve been at your desk too long and find your mind slower, irritation higher, and tension grabbing at your neck and shoulders. In both cases, lactic acid accumulates: your muscles become cramped and sluggish, blood and lymph flow decrease, and fatigue sets in.
You may ask: Doesn’t resting take care of this?
Eventually, yes. Rest is your body’s natural means of recuperation. In the active, demanding pace of life today, there is rarely enough time for enough rest. The result is that the damaging effects of accumulated metabolic wastes are compounded day after day, affecting not only the way you feel and function right now, but also your future well being.
Massage can make a vital difference. Massage speeds up the recuperation process dramatically, reducing recovery time, rejuvenating your blood and lymph systems, and helping to keep you healthy.