Massage Therapy Promotes The Production Of Good Hormones And Helps To Decrease The Production Of Bad Hormones!


NeuronThere are several types of hormones that are released during a massage and they can all be considered under the umbrella term as ‘feel good’ hormones. At the same time the ‘not-so-good-for-you’ hormones are reduced. The hormones that are released during a professional massage include; dopamine which makes you feel good and improves normal brain functioning). Serotonin (a general mood enhancing hormone), and oxytocin (a general feel good hormone nicknamed the ‘hugging hormone). The hormones that are decreased are the ones associated with short-term and long-stress and include; epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol. All of these tend to lower the immune system and disrupt digestion and tissue repair.


Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn and at

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Neal Lyons November 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

excellent read and a lot of truth in the article. massage is like exercise. regular incorporation of which into one’s daily life yields the benefits discussed here. cannot agree more


Holistic Massage Raleigh May 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

Yet another great reason to get involved in massage therapy. I feel like many people are aware of how relaxing a massage can be, but I doubt many of them know the ins and outs as to why they feel relaxed after massage therapy. Now I have a technical answer that I can give to them when they ask me why they feel so relaxed!


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