Massage therapy has many benefits. Many conditions, both physical and mental, can be slowed down or stopped completely with a good massage. The technique helps reduce tension and pain in your body. It helps with circulation of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. Massage helps to clear lactic acid from your muscles. Lactic acid is the chemical your body produces naturally which can house itself in your muscles and when you exercise it is this chemical being pushed out that causes you to be sore afterward. It is also believed to reduce cortisol levels which accumulate in your mid-section and make it difficult to maintain a slim belly. You should eat light or not at all before any style of massage therapy as it can create different reactions in your body. The massage often begins with the upper back, where the application of deep massage technique helps to relax the muscles and to loosen and melt away knotted areas. Working through the upper arms and shoulders further releases the common areas for holding tension, and then working deeply into the neck to melt away tension where it often accumulates. Moving up to the head itself, methods are employed which relax, stimulate and revive the whole of the head, increasing circulation and promoting healthy hair. Finally the treatment may include a gentle face massage which improves circulation, enhances skin tone, and may assist with sinus and headache issues. Massage therapy
for the head can be performed with or without oils with the client sitting and fully clothed, so it can conveniently be performed anywhere without the need for a massage
table. As such it is also particularly good for people who are wheelchair bound or are partially immobile.