2. Improves Blood Circulation
Blood circulation is also known as systemic circulation, and it applies to the oxygenated blood that flows away from the heart and around the body, deoxygenating as it goes, before returning back to the heart. This circulatory system supplies the entire body with blood, enabling it to function effectively. Blood circulation also provides oxygen and nutrients to the cells, and picks up waste products like carbon dioxide along the way.
Healthy blood circulation is an essential part of healthy living. Circulation begins to decline as we age, but it can worsen due to things like medical conditions, unhealthy diet, smoking and lack of physical activity. Symptoms of poor circulation include numbness, cold extremities, fatigue, vertigo, and swelling of the hands and feet. If you’re suffering from poor circulation, there are many things you can do to reverse it. Exercise, stretching, eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water and avoiding smoking are some of the lifestyle changes you can make.
Massage is another way to treat poor circulation. The pressure of massage therapy stimulates the circulatory system because the techniques involved actually begin to move the blood through areas where congestion occurs. As fluid starts to flow properly through the body, it causes a release of pressure that enables new blood to flow in. This squeezing and manipulating of the muscles also helps release lactic acid, which improves the functioning of the lymph system which helps carry metabolic waste out of the muscles and organs, reducing blood pressure, and improving circulation.
To give a massage that stimulates the circulation of the blood, squeeze a small amount of massage oil into your palm and rub your hands together to warm it up. Firmly stroke the foot downwards from the toes to the ankles, up to the lower leg, and massage the calf muscles before returning your hands to the toes and starting again. Repeat this on both feet every day, or when you’re feeling any symptoms of poor circulation.