Have you ever wondered why massage makes you feel so good? If you’ve never had a massage, do you wonder what all the fuss is about?
Well, recent scientific research has provided some evidence that helps us understand what changes take place in our bodies during massage. It turns out that our skin has nerve endings that love the feel of touch and stroking, and send lots of positive signals to our brains; massage also lowers the level of harmful stress chemicals in our blood. Both of these positive effects help us feel relaxed and calm.
Getting a massage helps our sore muscles too. When our muscles are sore they have above-normal levels of chemicals in them that cause inflammation; when we have a therapeutic (remedial) massage it lowers the levels of these chemicals, and thus the inflammation goes down, making the muscles feel less sore. At the same time the massage activates the powerhouses of our muscle cells, which give the sore muscles more energy and thereby helps them repair.
So, the thing to remember is that getting a massage at the earliest signs of stress or physical discomfort can be much better for you than leaving it until later, when the effects are more longstanding and as a result might take longer to go.
Even when you’re feeling good, a massage can help you feel better.
Of course, there are also many other ways that a massage can help us relax. For many people a massage also gives them time for the simple pleasure of lying in a quiet place away from home and work, having some time for themselves; a chance for peaceful, easy thinking.
With so many good things going for it, it’s no wonder that many people have a regular massage.