While you might not be shocked by recent findings from a study on the health benefits of massage, you'll want to pay close attention to this post anyway- just in case you need an excuse to schedule a treatment asap.
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that just one session of Swedish massage caused measurable biological changes in the body: a significant decrease in cortisol, a reduction in arginine vasopressin, the hormone that causes a spike in cortisol, as well as an increase in lymphocytes, the immune system's protective white blood cells.
They also found that the biggest increase in the hormone oxytocin (related to a feeling of happiness and contentment) was produced by light massage.
Whether you like your massages deep-tissue or barely-there, don't laugh off the benefits of a little relaxation time for yourself and your muscles. We know that stress increases inflammation in the body and advances the signs of aging- so take a massage break for your beauty and your overall wellness.
To read more about the study, check out the New York Times story, A Good Massage Brings Biological Changes, Too.