It’s Brain Awareness Week from March 11 to March 17 and what better way to celebrate than with a massage. That’s right; massage therapy is proven to promote healthy brain function and activity. When pressure is applied to the body’s muscles, stimulation is shown in many different parts of the brain.
When the brain is healthy, we tend to get greater results from massage therapy as well as other healing practices such as aromatherapy. Our brains and bodies have a special relationship with one another. When we exercise or engage the body’s muscles whether through exercise, massage or other healing modalities, our brains are stimulated, which results in increased brain activity and healthier brain patterns.
If we neglect brain stimulation, the body has a hard time functioning normally. You might be wondering how healthy your brain is right now. If you have difficulty remembering certain things or you watch too much television, your brain might be a bit unhealthy. What we do and what we focus on in our everyday lives can impact our brain activity and create a positive or negative reaction in our brains. For example, if you watch a lot of television or play violent video games, your brain is receiving a negative response, which will decrease brain function.
Massage therapy is great for increasing brain function because it encourages the production of intracellular messengers that are very useful for the body’s three main systems: the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems. These three systems interact with one another and impact the brain’s activity and function. When you receive a massage, the three main systems are stimulated, allowing communication to be strong throughout the body and brain.
The type of massage and the amount of pressure applied during a massage do not affect the stimulation positively or negatively. You will still see the benefits of massage on your brain’s functionality with a lighter Swedish massage or a deep tissue massage. When you treat your body with respect and care, your brain will reap the benefits of a happy and healthy mindset. This positive reaction from massage stimulates our brains and promotes healthier brain activity.
To celebrate Brain Awareness Week, massage therapy will help keep your brain and body in a more active state. Stimulate your mind in a positive way with a massage that’s worth every penny. Your brain will thank you for showing it the love and respect it deserves. Happy Brain Awareness Week!