Massage therapy has a positive effect on both the nervous and the endocrine systems. It reduces stress, lessens anxiety and promotes mental and physical relaxation. It increases dopamine levels as well as serotonin levels. Increases in the levels of these hormones helps decrease stress and reduce depression.
Massage also helps lower levels of hormones that cause stress and depression. Cortisol levels, that heighten stress and inhibit immune functions, are reduced by massage. Massage therapy also is proven to reduce other hormones that cause stress in the body, including norepinephrine and epinephrine.
Massage therapy also helps reduce pain, which in turn reduces stress and increases general relaxation. The bottom line is that it’s a win-win situation when it comes to massage and stress levels.