Stress causes enormous damage to the body, damage that we neglect to take care of. Stress causes the body to contract constantly, to perform more abrupt movements. The muscle is composed of several fibers where blood, nutrients, and oxygen circulate as well as toxins that will be removed. Blood could be compared to a train, and the muscles are the rails on which it travels in the body. Stress causes vasoconstriction of the blood vessels (a contraction of the smooth muscle tissue of which our veins are made up) which decreases the flow through our veins and reduces the displacement of oxygen, nutrients and toxins, which cause soreness.
It is normal to experience memory loss in times of stress, as oxygen has more problems to circulate which makes us more tired, due also to the poor exchange of everything we need to be in a healthy state.
Massage has a great role to play in the reduction of stress, not only because it is relaxing as it is often perceived as a moment of relaxation, but also because it helps in detoxifying the muscles. Massage maneuvers are intended to use the circulatory system and the main veins of the body to drain the body of toxins, to increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, and increase the rate at which nutrients are absorbed by the body. In addition to slowing down the body for a moment and give it a moment of relaxation, important work is being done in the body during massage. Stress reduction, increased oxygen intake, increased memory and increased energy to the body are the results of a good massage. Besides a one-and-a-half-hour massage gives the body the equivalent of 1:30 sleep recovery.
Beyond the fact that massage reduces stress it also allows us to make contact with our body. We are often not attentive to the little pains that our bodies have, tensions that we feel constantly as a result of our body compensating for us to be able to carry on with our activities. During a massage, it is very frequent to find tension and stiffness that we were not aware of.