What Happens to Your Body and How Massage Therapy Can Help
During a Massage Therapy treatment many changes occur in your body with various systems, including, your nervous sytem, endocrine system, respiratory system, digestive system and also your cardiovascular system.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, however there are a number of additional physiological changes that occur and contribute to the overall feeling of relaxation we experience during and post-massage.
There are many health and wellness benefits associated with massage, and by regularly taking time out to de-stress you can monitor and keep your stress levels in check; for example, multiple studies have shown that regular massages decrease the hormones that cause anxiety and increase the calming, happy hormones and keep cortisol lower.
High levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) for prolonged periods of time can have a worrying effect on your health with a range of side effects including, high blood pressure and lowered immunity. In more serious cases, unchecked stress levels can lead to heart attacks, abdominal fat, strokes, and much more. In the short term, heightened stress can cause irritability, tiredness, headaches, anxiety, nausea, heart palpitations and insomnia; all of which have the potential to develop in to more serious long term issues which can have harmful effects to your body and general health.
Massage therapy increases your circulation which benefits your digestive, and respiratory systems as it keeps everything moving more efficiently.
Massage therapy is also a good way to expel toxins from your body- especially built up lactic acid in the body. This is why it’s important to drink water after your massage.
Ona physiological level massage helps to realign the collagen fibres in your muscles which relaxes the muscles and helps to reduce spasms, tightening, and compression on nerves, all of which ultimately alleviate pain and increase function and mobility.