You might have heard about endorphins when talking about laughter before, but you may not know exactly what they are and what they do. Endorphins are also released by having a massage; so today we’re talking about what endorphins are, and how they can have a positive effect on you thanks to a good massage.
What are endorphins?
Endorphins are one type of four chemicals in our brains that determine our level of happiness. Along with dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, endorphins are called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters constantly channel through our nervous system, sending messages and signals back and forth between the brain and areas of our body to tell us how we feel.
What do endorphins do?
Endorphins have the job of delivering messages about painful or stressful stimuli and react as an analgesic, commonly known as a painkiller, which means they provide us with a sensation of calm and ease. In fact, research has demonstrated that the effects of endorphins are not too dissimilar from those of morphine. In this way, they help to relieve pain and also symptoms of anxiety and depression. The natural and physiological response to the work of endorphins is deep relaxation, so you can see why they are so important in massage therapy.
How do they help with massage treatment?
Just like when we laugh or when we exercise, endorphins are released into the bloodstream during a massage treatment. Have you ever been for a massage and have left feeling slightly light-headed and woozy? This is the bodily reaction to the release of endorphins into our bloodstream.
They fill us with happiness and an all-around sense of wellbeing, which explains why massage therapy is so beneficial for our mental health and overall happiness. Because of this soothing sensation we get from the release of endorphins, regular massage therapy is suggested for sleep deprivation and depression. We also now know why our therapist tells us to sit up slowly – because they don’t want us falling over with happiness!
But endorphins don’t just have a great effect on our mind. These neurotransmitters are also good at speeding up the lymphatic drainage system, which helps our bodies to discard those harmful build-ups of toxins and waste that can cause us discomfort.
As a result, we can see that massage treatment is excellent for improving our immune system. Since we are able to drain toxins more efficiently, our immune system strengthens and we may find that we don’t become ill quite so often.
So there you have it!
Now you know what endorphins can do for your wellbeing, book a massage and treat yourself to a relaxing and peaceful experience that will leave you feeling elated and floating gently to a place of calm and serene tranquillity.
Don’t forget that you can find more reasons why our massage treatments in Huddersfield are so beneficial in more posts on our blog, to see how we can help you reach that euphoria we all long for to escape from our busy lives!