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What Happens to Your Body After a Massage?

Published: 26th Sep, 2023

Massages aren’t just a luxurious indulgence—they also offer a plethora of health benefits, too. While this method of relaxation helps you achieve zen, it also has a major positive impact on your health and well-being. 

Partaking in regular massages not only helps improve your circulation, flexibility, and range of motion but can also help reduce stress and anxiety and make you feel more rejuvenated overall. Learn more about the benefits and what exactly happens to your body during and after a massage.

Reduced Tension & Knots

Massages don’t just make you feel mentally more relaxed—they also relax your muscles, too. Even just a 10-minute massage is shown to help reduce stress in the body by decreasing the body’s primary stress hormone, cortisol. High levels of cortisol are linked to a suppressed immune system and slower healing. By lowering cortisol levels through massage, however, you can reduce stress, lower inflammation, and amplify healing.

Massage also helps break down adhesions, or knots, in your muscles. While knots may seem like a small annoyance, in the long run, they can weaken your muscles by limiting your movement. But releasing these knots through massage helps increase your muscular flexibility and range of motion, allowing you to better condition and strengthen all of your muscle groups. 

Improved Blood & Lymphatic Circulation 

Stimulating your muscles through massage increases blood flow, bringing more oxygen to these muscles and increasing overall circulation throughout your body. Improved circulation delivers more nutrients to your muscles, allowing you to heal faster and reduce tension. Massages are especially effective after a tough workout to help reduce the build-up of lactic acid and limit soreness the next day. 

Certain massage techniques can also help circulate lymphatic fluid. Your body’s lymphatic system is designed to flush out toxins and excess fluids, and massage can help give your system a boost to detox your system even further. By strategically sweeping lymphatic fluid toward your lymph nodes to expel it from the body, this massage method will help you feel less bloated, help improve healing, and even minimize cellulite.

Increased Endorphins and Dopamine

Massage signals your body to release a rush of endorphins, the chemical that reduces your brain’s reception of pain and triggers a happy feeling. Often known as the “happiness hormones,” endorphins make you feel more stimulated, reduce stress, and improve your mood overall. While this flood of endorphins into your system can create a slightly groggy feeling immediately post-massage, it leaves you with an overall sense of positivity and relaxation.

Along with endorphins, massage also releases dopamine into your body. This neurotransmitter stimulates your nervous system to make you feel happy—and sometimes even giddy. Dopamine plays an important role in mental and physical health, as it can help improve your mood, sleep, and even motivation.

Improved Digestion

Though it may seem like massage can only improve your muscular health, it can improve your digestive health, too. By gently massaging the abdomen, you can stimulate your major digestive organs to help reduce bloating, limit constipation, and encourage regular bowel movements. Studies have even shown that regular massage can increase nutrient absorption, allowing you to optimize your diet and give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive.

Both professional and at-home massages deliver a wide range of health benefits that will leave you feeling your best. While scheduling professional massages regularly can be hard to fit into a busy schedule, at-home massagers like the CERAGEM V6 allow you to experience reduced tension, increased endorphins, and all of the other massage benefits more regularly. This FDA-cleared device has three different settings to allow you to tailor the massage experience to your personal preferences. With 22 massage modes and an easy fold-and-unfold design, this innovative massager promotes circulation, relieves stress, and helps you regain your energy and vitality. 

Learn more about Ceragem’s luxury massagers and find the perfect design for your lifestyle. 

Hannah Warne is a copywriter and journalist who loves bringing brands to life. With a background working for both global brands like Tiffany & Co. and Groupon and local businesses, Hannah loves to find the perfect words to tell the best story. Based in New York City, she loves to explore the city’s different neighborhoods by way of new restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries.


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