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5 Ways That Massage Reduces Stress

It is universal knowledge that massage is relaxing. But how does it work? How does massage reduces stress?

#1 – Decreases Cortisol Levels

A body under stress produces unhealthy amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is responsible for weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage aids the body in recovery and reduces cortisol levels.

#2 – Release Of Endorphins

When cortisol levels decrease, the body’s response is to release natural, “well-being”, hormones called endorphins. Endorphins boost oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin levels. These are the hormones that help physically and emotionally. Massage helps calm nerves, promotes healing + pain management.

#3 – Massage Targets The Source Of Pain

By eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and supplying relaxation to muscles, tissues, and organs, massage therapy targets the source of the body’s pain. Massage also works on affected or injured muscles by promoting circulation, which in turn increases nutrients and oxygen to the wounded area. 

#4 – Long Term Psychological Benefits

Massage deals not only with physical symptoms but also deals with emotional upset. The support and focus provided by massage aid the feeling of compassion and connection. This reassurance lasts well after a session, producing long term benefits

#5 – Improve Immune System Function

Researchers have found that massage therapy can improve immune system function in patients with comprised immune systems. Jeff Smoot, 2015 President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), “Those benefits can translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu, and other seasonal illnesses.” Further research in Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center showed that participants in a Swedish massage group encountered major changes in lymphocytes, a subtype of white blood cells, that respond rapidly to viral-infected cells.
The benefits of massage are amazing. For more information or a free demonstration, reach out to Wisewell today!

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