Why Do I Need A Massage?

It boosts your mood. Then you definitely need a massage. Authors of a 2005 review of studies on massage therapy found that, on average, massage increases your levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter linked to happiness) by 28 percent and dopamine (a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, arousal, and reward) by 31 percent.

It’s basically a painkiller. In one study, bare-handed massages activated the same part of the brain that is activated by opioid painkillers such as codeine.

It boosts your immunity. Massage doesn’t just get the blood flowing – it actually changes your blood’s composition for the better.

It improves your flexibility. Two 30-minute massages per week can improve your trunk flexibility and relieve pain associated with lower back stiffness, according to a five-week study that was published in International Journal of Neuroscience study.

It reduces stress. For example lower heart rates, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

It fends off headaches. Lots of things can trigger a headache, but many stem from tension in the neck that restricts blood flow to the brain. One four-week study in which participants got two 30-minute massages per week suggests that massage also reduces frequency and severity among chronic headache suffers.

It reduces muscle soreness — even if you DIY using foam rollers.

It warms up your muscles before exercise. Before you stretch, massage can help to loosen the muscles without putting any strain on other soft tissues.

It makes exercise feel easier. If you go into a workout with soreness, your tight muscles create added resistance that makes your limbs feel heavier.

It may help put you to sleep.

It can alleviate morning stiffness.

Nurturing massage can induce pleasure hormones. In a 2012 study, participants had significantly higher circulating levels of oxytocin in their blood after a 15-minute massage than they did before the treatment.

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