The Hidden Benefits of Massage

Massage is a great therapy to aid in stress relief and general relaxation. What you may not have heard of however, is the long list of health benefits that it can have holistically on your body.  While there is a broad scope of evidence that is widely available about massage, let’s take a moment to talk about some of the lesser-known facts.

While we know that massage is great for relieving tension in the muscles, it actually also helps your body on a chemical level. Massage is known to stimulate the release of endorphins – and other “feel good” hormones like oxytocin. By decreasing the release of stress hormones (cortisol) and increasing the production of hormones that leave us feeling content, it can help the body to reach a healthy state of equilibrium. In addition to that, endorphins also play a significant role in helping to reduce pain perception. Special opioid receptors are activated within the brain and they can have a similar effect on the body that some strong pain medications might! Pretty crazy huh?! (Disclaimer: we advise that you take a trip to see your GP for any undiagnosed persistent or severe pain). 

Massage may also assist in maintaining healthy immune function through the movement of lymph throughout the body. The lymphatic system is responsible for detoxifying the tissues of the body and for carrying specialised white blood cells, which help to fight infection. Massage is said to stimulate the body’s natural defence/protective mechanisms and can there-by have a positive impact on our overall health.

Massage is one of the many small things that we can do to improve our general wellbeing. Finding an experienced therapist will ensure that you receive optimal care for your body. At Purebody, our therapists pride themselves for providing quality pampering for all!

Chantal Wood