It reduces stress
When your body is under stress, it produces a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol contributes to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, and many other physical problems. Massage therapy reduces the level of cortisol in the body, and helps you manage stress, and recover from the effects of stress on your body.
It promotes muscle relaxation
The overall purpose behind massage therapy is to find the direct sources of pain and tension in the muscles, and eliminate them. Relaxation of the muscles will increase your flexibility, increase your circulation, and therefore provides nutrients to damaged tissue.
It improves circulation
As mentioned before, massage therapy increases your circulation through the use of hands on pressure and stimulating those tense muscles. This release of pressure removes lactic acid from the muscle tissues, improving lymph fluid circulation and blood circulation.
Strengthens your immune system
Regular massage therapy sessions increase your immune system through their ability to reduce stress. Those who are constantly under stress are more vulnerable to injury and illness. Massage therapy not only reduces stress, but also boosts your body’s cytotoxic capacity. Your cytotoxic capacity is your body’s activity level of its natural disease killer cells. When your body’s cytotoxic capacity is increased, you are less susceptible to injury or illness because your body is functioning optimally.