The action of rubbing the skin creates changes in the body and the hormone endorphin is also released. This the body's natural pain killer which also creates a sense of well being. It improves circulation by assisting the flow of blood from the limbs back to the heart and increases the flow of fresh blood, which carries nutrients and oxygen to organs and muscles. The first action of massage on muscles is to encourage them to relax and lengthen relieving tightness, tension and toxins. The second action is to encourage fresh blood into the congested area, bringing fresh nutrients and oxygen to the fatigued muscle, and assisting with the removal of toxic waste product produced by muscle action called lactic acid.
Often after a number of massages people find that they are more aware of their bodies and in turn more able to relax. When a large percent of the visits to GP's (doctors) are stress related, massage has an important role to play in the nations' health.