Thursday, March 08, 2007

Good News: There's Science behind Massage Therapy

Massages always struck me as one of those pseudo-scientific remedies like acupuncture, anything treatment you get from a chiropractor or anything astrology-related. But after reading an article at CNN, I'm tempted to go out and get a massage without feeling guilty.

As it turns out, massages cause very real physiological effects. For example, it stimulates certain brain waves, gets blood flowing to muscles and, perhaps most importantly, massages somehow reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

When cortisol levels drop, the amount of mood enhancing hormones like serotonin and dopamine goes up. Also, cortisol destroys disease-fighting cells in your blood stream. So when cortisol is squeezed from your system by the hands of a masseuse, not only do you feel better, but your immune system gets a boost.

Massages also help you concentrate (by triggering certain brain waves), allow muscles to heal faster (by improving blood flow) and for women, a massage can soften the symptoms of PMS.


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