One of the immediate and most detectable benefits of massage is that feeling of deep relaxation, and inner calm. These feelings take shape as the massage prompts the release of endorphins. Endorphins, the body’s chemical messengers produce the feeling of wellbeing.
The process does not stop there, levels of the stress hormones, adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine are also reduced. Lower stress hormone levels helps improve and strengthen your immune system.
Muscle tension by stretching
Massage is great at relieving muscle tension by stretching and increasing tissue elasticity. Muscle fibers are shortened when under tension which can lead to a restriction of movement. Massage raises the temperature on those muscle fibres to get them free, loose and stretched through a continued process leading to increased elasticity.
When massaging muscles, the temperature of soft tissues rises and reduces pain by removing waste products and interrupting the pain signal to the brain.