There's something about the prospect of someone coming in to help you relax that just makes you feel better. And once the therapist starts the massage, it gets better. Your body is releasing all the tension and stress it's been holding onto. The music and scents are calming, and the cool sheets feel smooth and refreshing. The massage works its magic by helping your body relax and feel good.
Let’s understand why we end up feeling this way in today’s article:
A Release of Feel-Good Chemicals
The therapist's touch tricks your brain into thinking it is happy and content. This is done by releasing endorphins that make you feel good. In turn, this decreases the number of stress hormones in your body, leaving you feeling euphoric.
Endorphins are chemicals the human brain release in response to pain or stress. They act as natural painkillers. Massage therapy can help to release feel-good chemicals, providing pain relief and improving mood. If your muscles are sore after working out, a massage will help them heal faster. Researchers found that massage decreases the inflammation caused by exercise and increases the occurrence of cell repair.
A Response to Your Environment
Aromatherapy is a massage that uses essential oils to help relax and rejuvenate the body. The essential oils are usually applied to the skin but can also be inhaled through the nose. Aromatherapy is said to have many benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, and boosting energy levels.
Essential oils are natural oils that are taken from plants. These oils can have various effects on the body, depending on the oil. For example, grapefruit oil can help to reduce pain, while lavender oil can help to promote relaxation.
Put some drops of your favorite essential oils in your bath solution or body lotion to use this concoction at home. The heat from your skin will cause the oil to release its scent.
A Shift in Awareness
Being mindful during a massage means being aware of the present moment, letting go of distractions, and focusing on your breath, enabling you to fully relax and enjoy the therapeutic experience.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It can help us be more aware of our thoughts and feelings to manage them better. When you're being mindful, you're not as emotional because the parts of your brain that control emotions are less active. This allows you to detach from your feelings and just observe your thoughts. You're still engaged in the everyday experience, but you're not as reactive to what's happening.
An Improvement of Function
When we get a massage, the muscle tension is worked out. The therapist's hand movements help to increase blood circulation by moving blood more efficiently and releasing cell waste products such as worn-out proteins faster than your body does naturally.
Recent research also proves the mind-positive impacts of a massage. A short 15-minute massage can help improve your cognitive function and make you more alert.
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