If you’re receiving this newsletter, the odds are that you have received at least one massage (from us). Therefore, you are not looking to be ‘sold’ on the idea that getting a massage can be good for you. However, many patients are unaware of the core strengths that make a massage REALLY good for your health and wellbeing.
According to a recent study conducted at the University of Miami and Duke University, massage was shown to reduce (↓↓) cortisol levels by an average of 38% and increase (↑↑) levels of serotonin and dopamine by an average of 30% and 40% respectively.
Cortisol has been found to reduce the amount of killer cells in the body, which help fight off viruses, cancer cells and other infections. Thus increased levels of cortisol can lead to an inhibited immune system.
↑↑Serotonin & Dopamine= 🙂
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter used to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep (who doesn’t want that). Dopamine, like serotonin, is also a neurotransmitter. Dopamine is most noted for its role in regulating mood, specifically related to reward motivated behavior. This is notably important because of its regulation on stress and depression.
Maintaining appropriate hormone levels is paramount to a healthy immune system. There are several means by which these levels can be achieved, such as yoga, meditation or even walking your dog. However, a clinical massage is always aimed at helping your body to regulate and maintain balance as well as zero in on those aches and pains.
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