Some of the mechanisms explaining how massage works:
decreases tension and relieves pain in the back and neck by relaxing muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints and "closing the pain gate".
suppresses inflamation and enhances cell recovery by reducing production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and stimulating mitochondria.
increases blood flow in areas of the brain associated with mood and stress regulation.
helps to switch off your "fight or flight" response.
bombards the skin and subcutaneous tissues with stimuli providing soothing or stimulating effects locally and on the whole body depending on the used technique.
stimulates pressure receptors under the skin increasing vagal activity leading to cortisol level and other stress related symptoms drop which has calming effect on the whole body.
increases serotonin and dopamine levels (happiness, pleasure, reward and motivation chemicals) as well as decreasing levels of cortisol and adrenaline (stress hormones) reducing stress, helping with depression and anxiety.
in those with depression, massage may serve as an adjunct to medication ad psychotherapy through therapeutic value of touch, pain management properties and improvements in self-esteem.
releases endorphins (natural pain killing opiates) and oxytocin (trust and social bonding hormone) improving sense of well-being, increasing relaxation both mental, emotional and physical.
facilitates deep sleep through delta waves and increases activation of growth hormone promoting cell division, tissue repair, regeneration and healing.
while it can take weeks or even months to completely recover from a flare-up of pain or injury, in the meantime in addition to conventional care massage offers relief and helps the body to heal itself.
Massage Therapy can help with:
Depression and Anxiety
Migraine and Headaches
Decline in emotional well-being
Muscle tension, spasms and so called "knots"
Sensitised (overactive) nervous system
Sports performance, muscle recovery and rehabilitation