Updated: Aug 4, 2019
We all enjoy a good deep tissue or Swedish massage, but have you ever wondered what’s actually happening inside your body that makes it an effective stress reliever and pain reducer? On the blog, we’re breaking down each known benefit to understand the mechanics that make it work.
As the rhythmic, gliding movements of the massage lift you into a calmer mental state, they’re actually activating what’s called the parasympathetic nervous system. As they do this, your nervous system relaxes and your body ramps up the production of feel-good hormones like endorphins and serotonin, while simultaneously reducing stress hormone production.
2. Pain Relief
When the muscles in your body receive deep massage, it decreases the activity of the proteins in the body that cause inflammation, which are called inflammatory cytokines. At the same time, the level of the proteins that stimulate the production of mitochondria—which provide the body with energy and speed up muscle recovery—are increased.
3. Better Sleep
Getting poor sleep has been linked to a number of chronic conditions, and sleeping well is a pillar of good health. It has been well documented that professional massage helps your body fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. But, why exactly does a massage put you out like a light? Massage bypasses the body’s natural defense mechanisms to induce deep relaxation while boosting levels of the hormone serotonin, which helps you to feel calmer by encouraging the release of melatonin.
4. Increased Circulation
Massage therapy can improve your circulation, pushing more freshly oxygenated blood to all corners of the body, and helping you to fire on all cylinders. This improved circulation helps the body heal on a cellular level by providing nutrients to tissues. This superior circulation also leads to decreased muscle soreness and tension.
5. Improved Mental Health
Mental health disorders like depression are becoming a pressing global health problem, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, it’s estimated that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability around the world. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, regular massage can reduce your anxiety by up to 50% in some cases.
You can get all these benefits by scheduling a massage at Brick Canvas Spa. You can also share the healing effects of massage by bringing your partner; Brick Canvas also offers couples massages. Call us today! 801-407-8620