Onsite massage works because it tackles muscular tension, aches and knots in the body. So many of our clients ask us what makes a knot? How do I get knots? Where do they come from? The below is a great explanation for you that explains how we get knots and how a regular onsite massage benefits.
Our muscles comprise of fibre strands, and these fibres are made up of threads of proteins called sarcomeres. Sarcomeres are the smallest unit of skeletal muscle cells with one muscle cell containing about 100,000 sarcomeres.
The role of these tiny sarcomeres is to aid muscle contraction. However, the problem begins when they contact and then instead of relaxing afterwards, they remain contracted.
Although there isn’t a definitive reason why this happens, it is suggested that stress, poor posture/working positions when sitting down, tiredness and a previous injury can be contributing factors.
When the fibres tighten our blood circulation is restricted. Also oxygen and nutrients experience difficulty getting into the muscles whilst waste produce like lactic acid becomes stored up. Over time, the muscles begin to become dry and the fibres begin to overlap and knot.
This in turn, irritates the sensory nerve endings, which forces the contraction to continue and so the cycle goes on.
A regular corporate massage treatment will help to break this cycle. An acupressure massage will start to separate the fibres and untangle the knot, thus allowing fluids to move in and allow lymphatic drainage to occur.
A regular chair massage will also help to increase circulation to the muscle feeding it with more oxygen and nutrients. It is this that helps with the untangling process. Additionally the sarcomeres are manually stretched and thus encouraged to stop contracting.
This is why we advocate that a chair massage is more than a pamper. It helps the body physiologically feeding muscles, boosting circulation and helping to relieve the build up of knots.
Your body will feel lighter and you will return to your desk knowing that your sacromeres are where they should be.