The need for physical touch has been the topic of multiple studies for many years. The first of the five senses to develop (6 weeks into your existence), the only one that involves the whole body and tells about the world around us. Its effect has captured the curiosity of many. Renowned psychologist, Abraham Maslow, considered the need for human touch as number 3 on his list, Hierarchy of Human Needs. Dr. Tiffany Fields, who founded the Touch Research Institute in 1992, continues research on the physical and mental benefits of touch.
With this in mind, it is not surprising that the practice of soft tissue bodywork has been utilized for centuries, but how does massage actually work?
Massage Therapy’s unique approach to physical and mental wellness relies on your body’s nervous system and it’s natural response to therapeutic touch. During a massage, sensory nerves found in the skin send signals to the brain which trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin, often referred to as the “Happy Hormones”. These neurotransmitters create feelings of relaxation and joy. During this time the body slowly decreases cortisol levels (a hormone released in times of stress), the decrease in this hormone further aids in the calming of the body and mind.
Licensed Massage Therapists are trained to utilize techniques which were developed to help the mind achieve a state of relaxation, while at the same time, working to relieve the physical symptoms of stress, muscle tension and pain.
Massage on the Square’s highly trained therapists look forward to becoming part of your wellness routine at Joyful Restoration.