Massage is not only a nice way to relax – it may also make you healthier.
One 2005 study published in The International Journal of Neuroscience showed that cortisol levels decrease during massage while serotonin and dopamine levels rise. High cortisol levels are common among people who are stressed, and there is often a correlation between high cortisol levels and those who are not sleeping well, struggling with their weight or dealing with high blood pressure. Low levels of serotonin and dopamine, meanwhile, are often linked to depression and anxiety disorders.
Massage also can help with blood circulation, which is especially important for those with diabetes or arthritis. It may reduce pain, especially for those with joint soreness.