By Stacey Higgins
Massage has been practiced in some form for over 5000 years but it is only in recent history that we have begun to comprehend its immense ability to help the body heal. Massage is now not only a way to relax and pamper, but is recognised all over the world as a natural medicine and used in conjunction with modern medicine to assist the body in healing. The underlying philosophy of natural medicine is that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. When sick or injured the body with rest, nutrition and nurturing is able to self-heal. Massage can assist a person to rest and rid the muscles of toxins while increasing the chemicals that heal the body.
The effect of massage on injury and muscle soreness is well known but massage can have a profound effect on other areas of the body as well as the mind. During massage the central nervous system is stimulated and produces several hormones and chemicals that elevate the mood, relieve pain, and reduce anxiety, stress and depression.
- Dopamine which is also sometimes referred to as the happy hormone elevates the mood; low levels can result in clumsiness and an inability to focus.
- Serotonin has a calming effect on the body, reducing irritability and cravings. A low level of serotonin has been associated with depression and eating disorders.
- Endorphins which are also released during exercise are used by the body to relieve pain and they produce a sense of wellbeing in the body. Endorphins play a large part in that post massage glow many people feel as well as reducing swelling and speeding up the body’s natural healing processes.
- Cortisol is a stress hormone released into the body any time we feel danger, opposition or stress which in today’s society is every single day. Massage has been shown to reduce cortisol which in high levels can contribute to sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression.
In today’s society, so many of us are over stressed and don’t take the time to look after ourselves because we are too busy looking after everyone around us. Getting regular massage will keep your muscles working properly but can also go a long way in reducing the stress and anxieties of today’s lifestyle in the most natural way.
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