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  * Introduction
  * Muscular system
  * Integumentary system
  * Lymphatic system
  * Digestive system
  * Conclusion
  * References

Within this assignment I will attempt to inform the reader of the following body systems muscular, lymphatic, integumentary and the digestive system.   I will also inform the reader of the numerous aims and benefits particular body massage movements can have on these systems.

The Human body is made up of many different things, organs, bones, muscles, skin and so much more.   Everything involved in the makeup of the anatomy allows the body to work and move.
“Bones can’t move by themselves.   They need the action of muscles”
(Teaching pack)
Muscles form about 40/50% of the body weight and move bones by contracting and relaxing.   Muscles function in a couple of different ways, they have the ability to contract, shorten, stretch and return to their natural shape and they respond to nerve impulses.

There are 3 different types of muscle
  * Skeletal – muscle that is attached to the bones that are controlled by the brain and nerves.
  * Cardiac – this muscle is found only in the walls of the heart and they contract in a rhythm without being controlled by the brain or nerves
  * Smooth – this type is generally found in areas such as blood vessels, food canal and urinary system
“By contracting, muscle tissue performs the functions of causing movements, maintaining posture and producing heat, which helps maintain normal body temperature.   Muscular movements and the flow of blood and lymph through the veins and lymphatics respectively”
(Bennett, 2004)

Muscles contract to aid different movements of the limbs etc.   Types of contraction include; isometric, which is when the angle of the joint and the length of the muscle stay the same, an example of this is if a person was to do a squat hold.   Isotonic contraction which consists of...