What Happens to Your Body When You Get Massage?
There are different types of massages and each modality has its own set of benefits. Sports massage has its own set of benefits and so do deep tissue and other types of massage. Even though each type of massage has its own set of benefits, there are those benefits that any type of massage exhibits as we are going to discuss in this article. The setup of massage therapy might feel kind of weird to some people, having to take off your clothes and letting a person you probably had never met before get to play with your skin! But despite the weird and odd setup, a massage session has a lot of benefits to your body and a lot of things happens to your body when you are being massaged. This is why sometimes you will find some patients being recommended to attend massage sessions once in a while they are taking medications.
The benefit of massage to our bodies cannot be underestimated and some studies have suggested that massage helps reduce stress, lower blood pressure, relaxes your muscles etc. to enjoy these benefits and more, you need to book a session with My Home Therapy and I can guarantee you that you are not going to regret. To understand why you need a massage therapy session as soon as possible I am going to explain to you what happens to your body when you get massaged.
- The cortisol levels in your body decreases.
Well, massages are designed to make you feel relaxed but they have more positive impacts to your body than just making you feel relaxed. One of the main benefits that you will enjoy when you attend a massage session is that your cortisol levels will be reduced. For those who don’t know what cortisol is, cortisol are the hormones responsible for causing stress. A research conducted back in 2005 revealed that a massage session can decrease cortisol levels in your body by up to 31 percent. For maximum benefit you need to receive the massage therapist who knows how to apply just the right amount of pressure at the right places.
In addition to reducing the cortisol levels in your body, massage have been identified as one of the most effective ways of increasing endorphins and serotonin in the body. These chemicals also known as the feel good chemicals are responsible for boosting your moods and it is one of the reasons which explains why one feels so good after a massage session. Am sure if you have ever received a massage in your life you will agree with me that one usually feels better after a massage session.
Massage also reduces the levels of vasopressin, a hormone that plays a vital role in our aggressive behaviors. Excessive cortisol in your body can lead to some side effects such as high blood pressure, reduced immunity and sometimes they can lead to serious side effects such as stroke and other heart diseases. When you get a massage from a professional, your cortisol levels will be reduced which will leave the hormones balanced and hence giving you a relaxation feeling.
- Massage reduces tension of the muscles.
As the massage therapist is pressing, rubbing and squeezing you during the session, the muscles get compressed which forces the blood and lymph to carry out the waste products with them. The waste products are then eliminated through the urinary act. The magic touch by a professional massage therapist begins the whole flushing out process by increasing the circulation in your body. Because of the “flushing out” it is very important to take a lot of fluids in order to keep your body hydrated. The water will rehydrate the muscles that were previously filled with waste and this will reduce the tension of your muscles. Actually massage is known to be one of the best ways of relaxing muscles and it has been used for generations to fulfill this purpose.
- Massage can increase the amount of white blood cells in your body.
As we all know, the white blood cells are the soldiers of the body and if they are increased, your immune system will surely improve. These are not my words, it is according to the American massage therapy association who confirmed that the magic touch by a therapist can increase the number of white blood cells in your body. If you are having flu especially during the cold season, visit a massage therapist and try if what the American massage therapy association said is true. If it is not, which is almost impossible, your flu will not have any significant positive impact from the session but if it is true then you will notice that your flu will begin to reduce because of the addition of white blood cells in your body.
- You might get aroused.
Probably not what you might be looking for when attending a massage session but I bet you have seen it in a movie or two when a person got aroused after a massage session. It might be embarrassing at some point but you need to understand that it is perfectly normal and there is nothing wrong with you. As we have seen, the point of having a massage session is to get your body to relax and out of this relaxation some unexpected side effects might occur one of them being aroused. This makes total sense because any touch administered to any part of your body can activate your parasympathetic system which can lead to partial or even complete erection for the males and it actually have the same effect for women. But our ladies have the advantage that no one will notice but for men there is no otherwise. The massage therapists understands this so they will just assume nothing happened. So be sure to enjoy a massage session without any fear because they understand.