How does massage help you relax?
Helps counter the physical stress response
- Reduces cortisol levels
- Decreases heart rate and blood pressure
- Relieves muscle and tissue tension
Positively impacts your emotional state
- Increases levels of “feel good” hormones like serotonin and dopamine
- Strengthens your mind-body connection and sense of self-awareness
- Soothes and calms through the environment (quiet, music or aromatherapy) and touch
Massage therapy is also a great natural way to relieve pain. Many studies have shown that massage is effective in reducing pain caused by various conditions including cancer, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and lower back pain (LBP). Evidence-based practice guidelines  indicate that massage therapy is effective at providing pain relief for individuals with sub-acute and chronic LBP, a condition that affects many North Americans.
How does massage help relieve pain?
- Relieves tension around joints, improving comfort and range of motion
- Decreases swelling around nerves, can relieve “pinching”
- Mimics anti-inflammatory medicine such as Aspirin 
Improves lymph and blood circulation
- Decreases swelling in extremities
- Helps keep joints lubricated
- Speeds up wound healing
- Increases efficiency of oxygen and nutrient delivery to tissues
- Pain interferes with sleep, which in turn negatively impacts immune and cognitive functions and the body’s ability to heal
- Research shows massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep
Positively impacts your body’s biochemistry
- Affects circulating hormone levels
- Lowers substance P (important in pain perception) levels
Massage therapy provides many mind and body benefits and can play a key part in promoting relaxation and pain relief. Integrating massage into your wellness toolkit might be just the thing you need!