Why Does Massage Feel So Good?

A healing massage can soothe your body, mind and soul. How? It’s all about science.

Getting a massage feels amazing. You feel better even before your therapist enters the room. You’re in our dimly lit, clean & quiet space enveloped with calming music, a warm massage table and cool, soft linens. You’ll feel relaxation begin to take over almost immediately.

As the massage session begins, you’ll be able to close your eyes and focus on your own breath, leaving behind all the worries of the day. You’ll get a sense of calm called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of awareness that helps regulate emotion and boosts body awareness. When you’re in a mindful state, parts of your brain become less active, causing you to be less reactive. You can disconnect from the world.

Your therapist’s touch signals your brain to release feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which boost mood and give you a natural high. As the session continues, stress hormones decrease and you sink into a state of bliss.

If you have aches and pains, the therapists work causes pain signals from your brain to diminish. The massage also helps muscles heal faster, decreases inflammation caused by exercise and speeds cellular repair.

Often, massage therapists will use aromatherapy during the session by applying essential oils to your skin, or letting you breathe the vapors. These stimulate everything from natural painkillers, to relaxation responses, to clearing your head. Nice, huh?

When you get a massage, all these elements are in play and other physiological effects, like lowering your blood pressure and increasing circulation, kick in helping your body move toward a completely balanced state.