Mental Benefits of Massage

Mental Benefits of Massage

Mental Benefits of Massage

Did you know massage therapy offers positive benefits to the brain?

There is growing evidence massage therapy can stimulate brain function, decrease depression, and effect stress levels.

How does massage affect the brain?

Deep tissue massage stimulates receptors to different areas in the brain. When the brain receives these signals from the muscles, neurotransmitters and proteins are released to benefit the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems.

Cortisol is the primary stress hormone, so increased levels of cortisol and low levels of serotonin and dopamine all promote stress. Massage can reverse the effects of stress by lowering cortisol, and increasing serotonin, and dopamine levels.

According to an article published in Psychology Today, the power of touch has a direct impact on the brain by causing an increase in oxytocin (the love hormone), a drop in heart rate, and an increase in trust and confidence.

The sense of well-being people feel after a massage therapy is why a growing number of hospitals offer it to patients prior to surgery and cancer patients going through chemo.

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