About Massage Therapy

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use. The ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments, and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy also has proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

 

Massage and the Brain

Massage therapy doesn't just feel good; it has physiological and neurological benefits. Among the many benefits of massage therapy are those related to the body's production and regulation of neurohormones. These are the hormones produced by the nervous system that affect an individual's behavior and general well-being.  Massage tends to elevate the levels of dopamine, a neurohormone released by the hypothalamus that affects intuition, inspiration, joy, and enthusiasm. Massage also can raise the availability of serotonin, a neurohormone that regulates behavior in terms of emotions, and reduce levels of cortisol, the stress-related neurohormone produced by the adrenal glands. By encouraging sleep, massage can increase the availability of growth hormones that promote cell division and are involved in tissue repair, regeneration, and healing.

 

Benefits of Massage

 

 

Ongoing Relief

While periodic massage can enhance your well-being, the real benefit of massage comes from regularly scheduled therapy sessions.