Massage will help your mental health by increasing your Happy Hormones!!
Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins
But how and why does it matter!!
Massage is scientifically proven to be effective in helping brain health and mental disorders, as measured by affecting brain and stress-related chemicals– enhance brain wave activity, improve sleep, and activate parasympathetic (Feed and Breed) response.
When you have a massage, whichever type, the touch from your Massage Therapists hands will cause an immediate reaction helping with mental illness.
Your skins nerve cells will feel the pressure and send signals to your brain to release these happy chemicals into your blood stream.
DOPAMINE, AKA THE REWARD HORMONE
Low dopamine levels can lead to a lack of motivation, fatigue, addictive behaviour, mood swings, and memory loss.
Dopamine is a major neurotransmitter that is a key factor in motivation, productivity, and focus.
Dopamine helps give you your zest for life.
Research in Australia showed that after just 10 minutes massage, Dopamine and serotonin increased by 30%
OXYTOCIN AKA THE LOVE HORMONE
Research conducted at the University of Miami has shown that “massage can increase and help regulate the availability of neuro-hormones (including Oxytocin) that affect brain chemistry and the body’s physiological and psychological responses.” Numerous other studies and empirical evidence also support the findings that massage facilitates the release of natural Oxytocin:
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, elevated amounts of oxytocin were found in the group who received a 15-minute massage and who rested versus the control group who just rested.
Massage and oxytocin production are being considered as a regular treatment to help reduce stress levels in PTSD sufferers.
SEROTONIN AKA THE MOOD STABILISERS
When these hormones are running at their peak, you will feel.
More emotionally stable
ENDORPHINS AKA THE PAIN KILLERS
These give you the natural high that in turn will cause the stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenaline to decrease.
This then leads to a natural feeling of total euphoria.
If you are suffering from pain, the rubbing will increase the opiate effect, of your Endorphins, on your brain by blocking pain signals.
In addition to all this
Your circulation is increased, removing the worn- out proteins, metabolites and excess lactic acid, back through your body’s waste disposal system, (Lymphatic System.)
Your qualified therapist will be guiding the flow towards your lymph nodes, like little dustbins!!