Getting a massage really does feel good, there’s no question about it. The atmosphere, calming music and soothing aromas all work together with the massage itself to relieve tension and stress built up in your body. So why does massage make you feel so good? Read on to find out what happens inside your brain and body that makes massage therapy so wonderful.
Release of Feel-Good Chemicals
The touch you receive from massage will cause a reaction in your brain. This is because the nerve cells in your skin feel the pressure from the massage and signal to the brain to release chemicals, otherwise known as endorphins. These are the feel-good happy hormones which give you a natural high and can boost your mood as well. As a result of these chemicals being boosted, stress hormones in the body such as adrenaline and cortisol start to decrease leading you to relax into a state of bliss.
If you suffer from various aches and pains, the release of endorphins can help there too as a side-effect of massage therapy. Endorphins have a morphine-like effect on your body that can block pain signals your body receives from your brain. This is why massages help you to ache less and actually can help your muscles heal faster.
Mind and Body Wellness
Tension in our bodies can be felt not only in our muscles but also in our mind too. During a massage you can literally feel that tension being rubbed away. The pressure that the therapist applies to your body will improve your circulation so that blood moves more efficiently. It also helps cells release waste faster than your body naturally would. Overall this helps you think more clearly, improves your alertness and gives your body a clean sweep as well.
More Energy and Better Sleep
Massage is a healthy way to improve sleep, according to Didem Uruk, a qualified massage therapist in Cheshire. This is especially helpful for those who suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia. The promotion of relaxation during a massage reduces your overall stress levels so that you can sleep easier at night.
Another area massage works on is the lymph system. This keeps blood moving around your body, removing bacteria and toxins as it goes. The removal of built-up toxins like this will help you to feel good, boosting your energy and stopping you from feeling run-down as often.