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What happens to your brain when you are being massaged?

Massage benefits your brain in some surprising ways

Cortisol is a stress hormone. It causes constriction of blood vessels, leading to elevation of blood pressure. Massage reduces the levels of cortisol, reducing the physiological effects of stress, enhancing wound healing, and increasing immunity to viruses.

It’s obvious that massages can be beneficial for people who have aches, pains and certain types of sports injuries. However, did you know that massage also benefits your brain?

Below are just a few of the mental benefits of massage:

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Better sleep

Good sleep is a cornerstone of both physical and mental health, and massages can help you sleep better. Massage not only relaxes you physically, but mentally, and regular massage has been shown to promote deeper and more relaxed sleep.


Several studies have shown that massage can help reduce the symptoms of depression, and the American Massage Therapy Association reports that massage for people with depression can provide “benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy.”


Many individuals across the country experience anxiety in some form or another sometime during their lives. Fortunately, massage can help with anxiety as well. After receiving a massage at least once a week for a few weeks, you will soon notice that you are feeling less anxious.

As you can see, there are many ways that massage can help you mentally. Not only will you receive an awesome massage that helps your body out tremendously, but you will also experience less depression and anxiety as well as getting more and better sleep.

To begin experiencing the mental and physical benefits of massage today, please contact us to schedule your appointment. We would love to be your partner in achieving a greater sense of well-being.