What really happens to your body when you get a massage?
In today’s society we experience a lot of moments that put stress in our lives and have an impact on our wellbeing - which may involve sleep problems, fatigue, anxiety, stress and irritability amongst some. Stress is an inevitable part of life.
Today we all know the different effects that stress may have on our body and that massage can help to improve this state, but what is it that makes massage such an effective stress reliever and what really goes on in the body to have such positive effects. This week we will set out here on Instagram some explanations to how the body is impacted by massage.
One of the first thing that massage springs to mind is RELAXATION
The flow of rhythmic, sweeping movements that are used in massage that may also include light strokes and kneading have as a benefit that the body and mind is brought into a more relaxed state. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated and this is where the nervous system allows your body to relax and produce endorphins, those hormones that put you in a feel-good state and also reduce the production of cortisol (stress hormone). The relaxed state increases the levels of serotonin (chemical that positively affects emotions and thoughts) as the heart and breathing rate slow down, the blood pressure decreases and muscles relax. When your cortisol is decreased and serotonin increased, the body is more able to deal with pain, anxiety and sleep problems. Decreasing physical and emotional stress is optimal to improving overall health and wellbeing.
If you are interested in this benefit, come in for a professional massage.
Welcome to our Massage and Relax blog. We will aim at providing you with monthly topics of interest in relation to wellbeing and massage. We will also post articles and other information in relation to subjects requested by our clients. This month of May we start off with neck and shoulder care between massage appointments. Enjoy your reading !