Posts Tagged ‘Hormones’

“Once you start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results”

-Willie Nelson

Happy New Year 2014 DTMIt’s that time of year again, in fact it’s the beginning of the year and that means many will be creating resolutions to help them become a better person or accomplish goals. Most of the time these resolutions include losing weight, getting and staying fit, as well as becoming a better person overall. These resolutions can not always be the easiest to maintain and achieve the larger goal of becoming a better you. Massage may not
always be the first thing that you think of for support, but it is a great
option in creating a new you for the new year!
As you may know massage therapy has many benefits for your mind
and body, but how can massage help your resolutions make a better
you? Massage helps to relieve muscular tension and reduce pain in the
muscles and joints, this makes it easier for you to keep to your workouts. When you are able to workout more often, not only do you feel accomplished and healthier but you can be well on your way to losing weight. Another great way that regular massage can help to sustain your resolutions and assist in making a better you is through the regulation and balancing of hormones. Hormones play an important role in body functions and mood stabilization. When our hormones get out of proper balance due to stress, your body responds by weight gain, depression, and a negative attitude. Regular massage therapy stimulates the production and balance of good hormones in the body that promote metabolism, regulate mood, and boosts a positive attitude.
Resolutions are important to those who set them, so that they can become a better and even a newer version of themselves. If you have set some resolutions this year and feel like you could use some help achieving
them, give massage a chance to be a helping hand in the New Year.

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
– George Burns

    Everyone knows that massage has a very relaxing effect on our bodies and minds. This is one of the many reasons people come in for massage on a regular basis. When we are relaxed, we are less stressed and we feel better overall. Howis it that massage’s magic relieves stress?
    First and foremost, massage is passive stretching of the muscle fibers; therefore, relieving tension and scar tissue that limits proper motion and function of the body. Tight muscles also reduce blood flow to the brain and when the brain doesn’t recieve enough nutrients from said blood, then we think less clearly and become more irritable. These benefits are the ones we see and feel immediately, but that’s only half of it.
    Behind the scenes, hormones work diligently to make us feel better. Through a positive calming touch, our body reduces “stress-causing” hormones such as Epinephrine, Norepinephrin, and Cortisol. The decrease in these hormones is a great thing because not only do the cause stress, but they also lower your immune system, disrupt your digestion, and inhibits tissue repair. As the bad hormones are lowered, the “feel good” hormones are increased. “Feel good” hormones such as Dopamine, Seratonin, and Oxytoxin. These hormones are responsible for improves normal brain function, enhances your emotional state, and give you an overall euphoric feeling.
    Massage has many benefits for the body and mind and now you know on of the most important in relieve your stress!