Massage improves venous and lymphatic flow—manipulating muscles increases blood flow. Increasing blood flow facilitates the circulation and absorption of nutritional elements into the muscles and tissues. Increasing lymphatic circulation clears toxins out of these areas. Together, this revitalizes the massaged area.
Massage therapy decreases tension and improves flexibility - massaging helps loosen tight and strained muscles. Stretching and kneading problem areas allow muscles to relax as well.
Massage therapy increases endorphin levels - possibly the most beneficial aspect of massage. Endorphins are the 'feel good' chemicals that run through the body - increasing their levels induces positive results. Among other benefits, increasing endorphin levels has been linked to quicker recovery, reduced pain, and reduced anxiety.