I don’t know too many people that won’t appreciate hearing about this tip! Yet I didn’t add this just because it feels good; I added it because it helps build the cortex and stimulates alertness, especially in babies, in the elderly, and those suffering from cortical injury. It also stimulates the release of a ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter; yes getting a massage can encourage the release of serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter many of you have already heard of. It acts as a modulatory neurotransmitter and regulates moods like depression and anxiety. It also plays a role in the coordination of different aspects of cognition.
Here are some other functions serotonin plays a role in:
• Feelings of safety and security
• Balancing appetite
• Stimulating digestion
• Balancing libido by improving mood
• Stimulating feelings of happiness
• Helping us deal with social situations
Serotonin is basically a ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter and regular relaxation massage stimulates its release! De-stressing is part of why massage is so effective and stimulating of nerve pathways also helps. It’s like six degrees of separation, as one nerve is stimulated it has a cascading affect on others. Before you know it the whole body is feeling good!
In infants and babies, regular massage creates even more dramatic brain changes. Babies who are massaged three times a day for 15 minutes have better weight gain and get a load of this: their brains get bigger! It has also been shown to boost their immunity…bonus!
So what’s the Mind Medicine Prescription for today?
Go indulge in a relaxation massage!