The benefits of massages…improved immune system?

Benefits of Message

Benefits of Message

A recent study that measured the biological effects of deep-tissue Swedish massage and light massage showed the biological advantages of message.  Deep-tissue massages are not only great at helping relieve neck and back pain and tension, they also reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol and increase the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system.

The volunteers of the study who had the light massage experienced greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment, than the Swedish massage group, and bigger decreases in adrenal corticotropin hormone, which stimulates the release of cortisol.  Too bad there wasn’t a masseuse on everyone’s payroll!

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