One of the primary benefits of massage is that it gives you time to unwind and be with your thoughts, away from the strains of everyday life. Peaceful surroundings and a calming atmosphere allow the mind time out to relax and recharge. The soothing touch of massage, alongside the space to concentrate, helps to reconnect the mind-body links that can be lost through busy lifestyles. This enables your physical and emotional sides to work together to combat future stress.
The feeling of physical contact stimulates the release of endorphins – also known as feel-good chemicals – in the brain. These lift the mood, help fight pain, boost self-esteem and dissolve the effects of stress, which allow the immune system and major organs to return to functioning normally. Massage reminds your body of the pleasure of taking time out and helps to reduce blood pressure, breathing rate and stress.
The nervous system controls tension in the entire body, which is why nonphysical pressures, such as stress, can lead to physical symptoms like digestive problems and headaches. Massage helps by affecting the nerves to reduce tension and thus increase positive input to the body’s systems.