How Does Massage Work?

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Many people enjoy massage on a regular basis, as it helps them to feel good about themselves and, of course, giving a massage is a great way to show someone that you care about them. Of our five senses, touch is the most meaningful. Giving each other a luxurious massage can bring you and your partner closer.

Key Takeaways:

  • In Job’s Body, Deane Juhan says, “The skin is the surface of the brain.” This may sound like a cute aphorism but, in fact, there is much truth to it.
  • Once we come to realize that it’s not our pressure on the tissues that makes them change but the nervous system doing the job, something magical happens: we realize we don’t have to push so hard on the body to make it feel good.
  • There’s a lot we still don’t know about exactly what goes on at a physiological level during massage. We once thought that massage reduced the stress hormone cortisol but that has been found not to be true.

“My late Russian Massage teacher Zhenya Kurashova Wine asked this question at the beginning of my first class with her. We sat and looked at her blankly. No one raised their hand, no one offered an answer.”

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