Stress and your Body
Fear and anxiety are sure to surface and wreak havoc in our lives, but what about our day to day stresses? A major event only compounds the stresses of everyday life and our bodies are paying the price. In this post we are here to teach you about the physiological effects of stress, and how massage can help you.
Cortisol- Cortisol is referred to as the stress hormone. Normal amounts of cortisol released in the body can be very beneficial, however too much stress in our lives can cause cortisol to reach unhealthy levels. So how do we maintain a healthy amount of cortisol? Massage can help reduce stress which slows down the production of cortisol. Studies show a 60 minute massage can reduce cortisol an average of 30%.
Dopamine and serotonin- Dopamine and serotonin are commonly called the happy hormones. These two play an important role in sleep, emotional well being, memory, and metabolism. In addition, they are involved in mental health conditions such as depression and mood. It is proven that massage increases these hormones. Raising your levels of dopamine and serotonin will help you maintain a well regulated body, reducing the symptoms caused by them such as depression, weight loss or gain, muscle cramps, and general aches and pains.
Endorphins- Endorphins are the natural pain reliever. When endorphins are released in the body, it can give you a sense of well being and pain relief. The “good hurt” when your massage therapist applies pressure to trigger points can be attributed to release of endorphins into the bloodstream. Massage therapy can provide relaxation which can help release endorphins. At times, the pain relief generated by endorphins can provide just as much relief as opiates.
Stress takes a toll on our bodies in several ways. The good news is we can do something about it. Massage can help you balance these important body components. We are here to help, book your massage appointment today!
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***Please note that massage therapy is not a substitute for medical attention. If you have any concerns please contact your physician.