Many people nowadays are focusing on maintaining their health rather than just getting treatment for an illness or disease. A great way to maintain your health is to reduce stress and inflammation and a great way to do this is by getting regular massages.
Massage has been proven to reduce stress by the increased amount of dopamine produced and by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Getting a massage relaxes your muscles in a way that nothing else can. Allowing yourself to let your body relax under someone else’s touch is probably better for you than many medications. For any chronic pain or inflammation it’s important to consistently get good sleep. When you can reduce stress you will then sleep better. When we sleep, our bodies recover and repair themselves, helping to put everything back in order.
Massage reduces inflammation by increasing the blood flow to the many parts of our body. Increased blood flow increases the healing process. In fact, the Mayo Clinic has been using massage in post-operative care for years.
Massage increases the production of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin. Many of my clients tell me how they look forward to their massage as after their treatment their whole day is so much more relaxed and many of their aches and pains just disappear.