– “Brain Massage?” –
During a deep tissue massage, receptors in the skin and muscles are stimulated and send signals to different areas in the brain. When the brain receives these signals, neurotransmitters and proteins are released to benefit the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems.
Massage promotes the release of Serotonin (a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, hunger and sleep, while promoting an over-all sense of well-being and contentment) and other chemicals such as Dopamine (associated with the reward center of the brain) and Oxytocin (the “love hormone” that is also released when receiving a hug or other gentle, warm touch).
At the same time, Cortisol (the stress hormone responsible for the fight-or flight response) is lowered, reducing the physiological effects of stress, enhancing wound healing, and increasing immunity to viruses.
Massage isn’t only great for the body; it’s just as powerful for the mind too!
Brain Awareness Week is March 11th – 17th
Schedule a Session with us this week to celebrate the brain, and the amazing benefits that bodywork has on it!