Massages are an ancient practice used to relax your whole body, your mind, and your soul. They can be used to treat injuries and relieve pain; they can improve stress management and help to improve focus. They are a great way to relax. If you’re looking for a more unique, sensual massage, you might choose the best tantric massage in London, or maybe you’re looking for a way to relieve yourself from the stress of your everyday life. If you’re a beginner when it comes to getting a massage and need to know more, here are a few ways in which massages can have a positive effect on the mind.
Reduces symptoms of depression
Research has shown that massage as a practice, that takes place outside of our bodies can have a positive effect when it comes to our mind. Massage helps to boost the body’s natural flow of serotonin in the brain. Massage can help our brain to release dopamine, the happy hormone, and oxytocin, the hormone that helps us to feel content. Receiving a nurturing touch from another person is also said to have positive implications for our brain, too.
It goes without saying that sleep is a non-negotiable factor when it comes to looking after ourselves. A good sleeping pattern can lead to us feeling more alert and helps our mind to function as it should. The combination of muscle relaxation and reduced tension throughout the body as well as the improved circulation that you get from a massage, all help to encourage sleep. Massage could see your mind become sharper and more focussed if you’re not used to getting at least 8 hours a night. Massages are great for allowing your mind to function more clearly.
Relaxed, Energised and Alert
Regular massages can help you to feel relaxed and can result in you having more energy. Massages can make sure that the hormones in your body are balanced and enhanced, leading to you feeling like you have more energy when your massage is over. It contributes to overall better circulation, which helps to keep your brain more active. To remain happy, energised, and relaxed, you could choose to exercise but this is not as good for circulation as a massage is.
It is said that massages can help people that suffer from anxiety. Research has shown that massage can help to lower the body’s level of cortisol which triggers the fight or flight response in us when we are anxious. Whether we find this to be true or not, people that get massaged generally tend to suffer less from anxiety because of this. Massage can be therapeutic for ‘state’ anxiety which is anxiety that can be pinpointed to a traumatic time or troubling event. The chemicals released in the brain during massage could be the cause of this, or maybe it’s the feeling of relaxation? If research shows it can lessen feelings of anxiety, why not try it?