Massage is a wonderful way to help keep your muscles and skin working as they should. Massage manually increases blood flow to skeletal muscles and skin, helping them get rid of waste (lactic acid is an example of muscle waste, and it’s one of the reasons that your muscles get sore the day after a really hard workout).
Many things can make muscles sore: inactivity, repetitive motion, poor posture, injuries, even surgery. Massage helps those sore muscles get rid of their waste and perform better. In he case of injury or surgery, where muscles and skin have been torn or cut, massage can help in the formation with scar tissue that is in line with your body’s healthy tissue speeding healing, decreasing the pull on other parts of the body, and increasing range of motion!
Massage also is a wonderful stress reliever, dropping the levels of stress hormones in your body for up to two weeks which can help you sleep better too!
A fun little mini article by Newsweek can be found at http://www.newsweek.com/id/157196
A page about the benefits of massage including studies by the National Institute of Health (NIH) can be found at http://www.holisticonline.com/Massage/mas_benefits.htm