What Else Do Massages Do?
Yes, massages do feel great but there is so much more to them than what you may think. From a simple touch, to pressure points, a massage can activate certain cells that release hormones and natural chemicals in your body that help heal from various ailments. From headaches to lack of energy, a simple massage of even 10 minutes can bring you long lasting benefits. Until your next one.
Some studies have found that a massage can help for the following ailments: anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, and joint pain. Let’s focus on the most common ones, stress, muscles aches and lack of sleep.
Inside Your Body
Your body is made up of a bunch of cells, and each one has a specific purpose. When your muscles aches, you have low energy or you can’t sleep well, that means your cells are not working at their best and are or not releasing hormones or natural chemicals your body needs to naturally heal.
When you have lack of sleep your body is not producing a hormone called melatonin, which is what helps you sleep. When you get a massage your cells are stimulated and “release serotonin – which is essential for the production of melatonin”.
It is the lack of a protein chemical called cytokines that causes your muscles to ache. Cytokines help decrease the inflammation. A massage stimulates and informs the part of the cell called mitochondria. The mitochondria than releases cytokines that help the repair of your body. Athletes and health professionals agree that massage help eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness and soreness.
A massage uses pressure on your body that then stimulates pressure receptors that are located right under your skin. This creates a domino effect that stimulates a brain nerve. A massage can affect how the body reacts or even how it responds to pain. It is the simple touch of a trusted human that has a relaxing affects and can change your emotional state of mind.
Receiving a massage is very powerful. It stimulates all sorts of cells and produces much needed hormones and natural chemicals that are needed for your body to function efficiently. Let’s schedule that massage!