Didn’t Frankie say relax? Ok, sure…but how?! And when we’re not relaxed, what exactly is happening? Let’s take a look…
Massage is one of the most effective and convenient ways for inducing the relaxation response in your body, so you can feel better mentally and physically.
‘What is Cortisol’? I hear you asking….It’s a naturally occurring hormone, otherwise known as the stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. When the adrenal glands release cortisol it is as a response to stress or fear and is part of the body’s in built fight or flight response.
Here’s a quick look at how cortisol plays an important role in your overall health:
- Blood pressure
- Glucose metabolism
- Immune function
- Inflammatory response
- Insulin and blood sugar regulation
Massage and bodywork therapy is a well known way to reduce cortisol. And as cortisol levels decline automatically as if my magic serotonin hormone levels (a happy, feel good hormone) increases! Hell yeah! This boosts our ability to fight off pain, anxiety, and feelings of sadness.
This increased production of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin (yummy feel good hormones) and decrease in cortisol (stressy hormone) through massage encourages the relaxation response and can result in lower blood pressure, improved sleep, less anxiety, better digestion, and overall better mood.
When you take care of yourself with a massage, you are doing more than relaxing, you are balancing your hormones, signalling your brain that everything is ok, so you can be you.