The back is the most common area of the body for massage, since the nerves run through the spine, and so the benefits are widespread. A large amount of muscular tension is also held in the back, neck and shoulders, and so these areas yield the most noticeable changes following a massage.
The benefits of a back, neck and shoulder massage are relief of muscular tension, assists healing of tissues, pain relief, increased flexibility and range of movement, improved sleep, release of natural endorphins, and enhanced feelings of well-being.
A back massage is suited for people who have back pain, limited mobility of the back, neck and shoulders, or tightness in these areas. It is particularly beneficial for people who sit over a desk for long periods, mums carrying young children, sports players, or anyone using repetitive or prolonged movement which may displace correct alignment of the spine.
The back is the major central point for nerves and muscles, and a significant area for pain and injury to occur. If the back is not functioning properly the muscles may spasm as a natural protective mechanism. The resulting muscle tension can decrease blood flow to the area, stimulating nerves, and causing more pain, thus causing a spasm- pain – spasm loop which can be difficult to break. Back massage can gently release this muscular spasm, improve blood supply, and reduce pain, thus assisting recovery from injury.
Massage of the shoulder and neck areas can relieve issues such as frozen shoulder, thoracic muscular pain and associated anxiety, and migraines due to cervical and excessive tension at the base of the head.