You’re on the massage table and you feel good from your head to your toes! There’s a feeling of peacefulness and relaxation, of quiet and calm. You feel the muscle soreness, stiffness, and tension drifting away—but did you know that you may actually be improving your immune system as well?
A study by researchers at Cedars-Sinai revealed that a single session of massage caused biological changes! Volunteers who received Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood and saliva, and in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system.
Volunteers who had the light massage experienced greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment, than the Swedish massage group, and bigger decreases in adrenal corticotropin hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol.
After massage, people have reported that they feel contentment and calm, decreased anxiety, enhanced sleep quality, greater energy, improved concentration, increased circulation, and reduced fatigue.
There have also been links between the power of massage in decreasing the effects of allergies and asthma. There has been a correlation between stress and increased production of histamines. With allergy season right around the corner, the reduction of stress through massage can alleviate symptoms. Massage also increases blood flow and blood circulation and clears mucous from the nose and throat.
Massage can also aid in the removal of toxins from the body that are stored in your muscles. It can also reduce pain, swelling, and formation of scar tissue following injury.
CNY Healing Arts Centers in Syracuse, Rochester, and Albany offer several different styles of massage to help you relax, feel at peace, and give you all of the wonderful health benefits that massage has to offer.
Our staff at CNY Healing Arts Centers would love to assist with a massage treatment just for you! Please call us or just stop in and give us the opportunity to help you. It would be our pleasure!
191 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2