We all know that it feels good to have a hug from someone close to you or to receive a pat on the back for a job well done.
What you might not know is that there are physiological reasons behind why touch makes us feel good, and which explain why – far from being a luxury or a nice-to-have – Massage therapy can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression.
When we receive touch a signal is sent to our brain, which then triggers the release of oxytocin – commonly known as the love drug – as well as the two other happy hormones, Serotonin and Dopamine. The intentional, informed ‘touch’ of Massage Therapy goes even further. Along with boosting the happy hormones, it has been proven to lower the hormone cortisol – a key component in our stress response. And while this is essential for quick reactions in emergencies when present long-term, even in lower quantities, it’s harmful to the overall health of the body.
So whilst Massage still tends to be thought of either as a luxury activity to pamper yourself or as something sport-specific, it’s now starting to be seen as a valuable element in health care because it has been shown not only to decrease pain and tightness in muscles, but also to help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, and sleeping disorders.
It’s generally said that an hour’s massage every 4-6 weeks is adequate for physical maintenance and general well-being, but if you can fit in treatments more regularly, there’s no reason not to.
Swedish massage uses a series of light, long strokes to ease surface tension and stimulate circulation in the muscles. This style generally provides a more relaxing experience
In contrast, deep tissue massage applies much more pressure to release tension deep within the muscles and fascia. It may be too strong for people who simply want a relaxing massage.
*All massages include a complimentary back exfoliation & hot compress