The Healing Science of Massage

When you receive a massage from a professional therapist you know you will walk out feeling much better, physically, emotionally and mentally. The massage imprints its healing effects on your entire being. The evidence of the links between massage and healing has been closely studied for years. Here’s what we know so far:

Massage and pain

Massage can provide the relief of temporary pain caused by exercise, tension headaches and other mild ailments, and can also to assist in easing discomfort from conditions that cause chronic pain. Research shows massage relaxes the tension in painful muscles, joints and tendons as well as assisting in reducing inflammation.

Massage can also send pain messages to your brain by stimulating different nerve fibres to compete with pain receptor nerve fibres.

Massage and circulation

Massage increases your blood flow and circulation by applying pressure to muscles to stimulate blood and lymph flow. This contributes to improving your body’s overall circulation. Poor circulation can lead to health problems such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, and the obvious one – muscle pain.

Massage and hormone levels

Studies have also shown how massage can promote positive changes to the hormone levels of serotonin and cortisol.

Serotonin (known as the ‘happy hormone’) is a chemical and neurotransmitter in your body that helps to regulate mood, sleep, memory, appetite and many other key functions.

Cortisol comes from the adrenal gland and assists your body in the control of your blood pressure, stress response, metabolism and other ‘fight or flight’ associated functions. Massage has been linked to an increase in serotonin levels which have been known to reduce pain, anxiety, and depression. It has also been linked to a decrease in cortisol levels which are responsible for producing your body’s stress response.

Massage and inflammation

Athletes have long attested to massage therapy’s effect on muscle inflammation and recovery, prompting a string of studies to be conducted on the subject. Recent studies have shown that on a cellular level, massage can reduce muscle inflammation and simultaneously aid in the growth of ‘mitochondria’ (which are the units within cells that produce energy).

The positive results massage can deliver to a diverse group of people are proven with science to validate the physiological benefits. And let’s not forget the importance of skin-to-skin contact. The warmth of human contact by an integrous, compassionate, nurturing masseuse can do wonders for your mind, body and soul.

The qualified Wellness Gateway massage therapists are experienced and well trained heart-centred therapists.

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