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Why Massages are a Healthy Choice for Everyone

Why Massages are a Healthy Choice for Everyone

Woman experiences the relaxation and other benefits of an in-home massage with Zeel

We already know that massages feel great.  And there’s a reason why: massage not only feels good, but it’s good for you as well.  Here are just a few of the reasons why massage is a smart health choice for everyone.

Massage reduces stress.

Have you ever heard of “fight or flight?”  When we’re under duress, physically or emotionally, our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol.  While cortisol is generally benign – for example, it releases more glucose fuel to the body’s muscles – too much is not a good thing. Elevated cortisol levels can lead to mood disruptions and a weakened immune system.

Enter massage. Swedish massages have been proven to lower the body’s levels of cortisol.  Even one massage can have a beneficial effect, though the more frequent the massage,the more marked the results.

Massage boosts your immune system.

The flip side of stress reduction: not only do massages lower cortisol levels, but they also boost the immune system. Cortisol interferes with the body’s immune system, so lowering cortisol increases the number of available, bug-fighting white blood cells.

Massage eases aches and pains.

Athletes take note: massage has been proven to fight muscle soreness after a brisk workout.  A 2012 study shows that massage cuts down on the production of proteins that spur inflammation in the body, thus reducing post-workout pain up to 30%. Moreover, massage increases the body’s release of dopamine, a hormone that helps with pain control.

Massage helps you sleep.

Ever feel super-dozy after a great massage?  There’s a reason for that- massage ups your body’s levels of serotonin.  Serotonin relieves anxiety, which can keep you up at night.  And a lack of serotonin has also been connected to insomnia. So get a massage and sleep better – sounds good to us.

And there’s more – scientists are finding that massage is helpful with conditions ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to depression to arthritis.  It’s a great way to be good to yourself.

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