Massage can do wonders for the body and the mind, especially when aching muscles are causing pain and discomfort.


In addition to the benefits that relaxation and well being have on the body, massage can also provide several benefits for the body’s organs by improving digestion, blood circulation, and other bodily functions.


How does massage therapy affect the body’s organ systems?


The human body contains 11 major organ systems, and massage can influence these systems in differing ways, based on the needs of the individual. Massage therapy uses the power of human touch for therapeutic purposes.


Before the massage session begins, it is important that a massage therapist understand the client’s medical health and what the client would like accomplished during the massage.


A “Client Intake Sheet” is required for the first visit, per state compliance and regulatory. Subsequent visits will require a short form that gives an identification of the client’s areas of concern.


It is also recommended that your primary care physicians be aware of your intent to pursue massage therapy. This way, the therapist can discuss any concerns they may have that can affect ongoing treatment or health conditions.


For instance, under certain circumstances, such as specific stages of pregnancy, massage should be avoided for important medical reasons. It is important for the client to relay all medical information to the therapist, so he/she can adequately assess the massage contraindications.


Knowledge of how massage can affect the major organ systems helps clients communicate with their massage therapist.