How does therapeutic massage relieve stress and tension?

Psychologically, massage relieves fatigue, reduces tension and anxiety,calms the nervous system and promotes sense of relaxation and renewed energy.

Research has shown that therapeutic massage has direct effect on our Autonomic Nervous System(ANC).The ANC is divided into the sympathetic nervous system( fight-or-flight state) and the parasympathetic nervous system (non-alarm restorative state). Sympathetic stimulation initiates an accelerated heart rate,blood is delivered to muscles,elimination and digestion are inhibited,adrenal secretion of epinephrine/adrenaline and norepinefrine hormones are increased. Parasympathetic system stimulation causes a reduced heart rate,increased digestion and elimination,and increased circulation to the internal organs in relaxation/restorative response.

 

 

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One hour long,relaxing massage seems to sedate the sympathetic system and stimulates parasympathetic system. Research has shown that massage therapy influences the levels of the stress-related adrenal hormones (epinephrine and norepinephrine) and increases the levels of serotonin,dopamine, endorphins and enkephalins, neurochemicals related to elevated moods and pain control.

The psychological effects of massage should not be underestimated. Many people suffer from stress and find that massage promotes relaxation and mental alertness as it soothes away minor aches and pains. For a lot of our clients, regular massage helps to keep them feeling more youthful and encourages them to pay more attention to proper nutrition,exercise and good health practices.

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