Tension stored in the body can lead to illness, making stress management and relaxation important to overall health. Massage therapy has a calming effect on the nervous system thereby reducing tension. Deep tissue massage therapy is profoundly relaxing to the body. By working out all of the soreness and tension in the tissues and soothing the aches and pains massage therapy leaves the body feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Massage Therapy has been shown to:
- Lower Cortisol (Stress Hormone) levels
- Trigger Endorphin Production
- Increase levels of Anti-depressant Dopamine and Serotonin
- Combat Hypertension
- Improve Immune Function
Massage therapy has been shown to lower cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is the “stress” hormone produced by the adrenal gland. Cortisol is linked to a number of health issues including obesity, high blood pressure, insomnia, impaired cognitive function, loss of muscle mass and low bone density. Elevated cortisol levels have a direct relation to immune function by inhibiting the proliferation of T-cells. Chronic stress is the major cause of elevated cortisol levels.
Massage Therapy triggers the production of the bodies natural pain killer, endorphins. Endorphins, produced by the pituitary gland, releive pain and produce euphoria. Studies have shown that massage therapy also raises serotonin and dopamine production thereby having an impact on depression and depression related disorders. In addition to it’s role in modulating depression and anxiety, serotonin helps to regulate intestinal function. So massage therapy not only serves to increase relaxation but it can also impact digestive health.
Massage therapy has also been shown to help with hypertension by lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Long term hypertension can lead to a number of health issues including heart disease and stroke. This makes blood pressure management an important aspect of preventative health care. By relaxing the body and reducing hypertension massage therapy can improve cardiovascular health.
These relaxation related effects of massage therapy can help with pain syndromes, autoimmune disorders, all of the above mentioned issues and more. So not only is massage therapy a great way to relax and chill out after a hard day or a stressful work week, it can have a direct impact on your overall health.