How Massage Works

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:

  • Pain
  • Stress
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Medication dependence
  • Migraine and Headaches
  • Decline in emotional well-being
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Muscle tension, spasms and so called "knots"
  • Sensitised (overactive) nervous system
  • Sports performance, muscle recovery and rehabilitation
  • Injuries, overused muscles, repetitive stress injuries
  • Joint stiffness, restricted range of motion
  • Postural problems
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve compression caused by muscle tension
  • All kinds of discomfort during pregnancy
  • Supressed immune system
  • Hypertension
  • MS, fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Scar tissue, post-surgery adhesions and regeneration
  • Improving quality of life for people with cancer