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How massage impacts the brain

Concentration and thinking are essential to any scholar or worker in everyday life. Completing difficult tasks, brainstorming, and writing reports or papers can be integral to the typical workday of any individual, and these responsibilities all require optimum brain function and energy. While many people often associate massage with relaxation, did you know that it also promotes brain activity? Chair massage and/or table massage is a great way to improve both the physical and mental health of individuals who need to de-stress and promote efficient thinking.

Massage Stimulates Left Brain Activity

Recent studies have shown that massage stimulates activity in the left side of the brain, which is the side that is most active when a person is pleased, happy, or excited. The right side of the brain, in contrast, is often activated when an individual is sad, stressed, or depressed. When feeling happy and motivated, individuals are more capable of producing their best work, as opposed to when they are sad and discouraged. Massage is a great tool for the stressed work environment because it provides an improved state of awareness and heightens alertness. A 15-minute on-site chair massage at lunch could provide workers with a noticeable boost in brain power within as little as 24 hours after a nice massage.

Benefits of massage

Massage Improves Memory and Concentration

Not only can massage promote efficient thinking, but it can also improve memory. Tight neck and shoulder muscles often limit the circulation to the brain, which consequently does not support memory or concentration. Also, when massage relaxes tense muscles, it eases stress, which also benefits thinking and efficient work. Positive emotions typically are related to better thinking and memory, whereas negative emotions are associated with pessimistic thinking and less concentration. When left untreated, chronic stress and pessimistic outlooks can destroy brain cells and damage the hippocampus, which is the brain region partly responsible for the formation of new memories and the retrieval of new ones. In contrast, when happy and stress-free, the frontal lobes of the brain are activated and help to control the gate of emotional and aggressive parts of the limbic system, or the “emotional brain.” With the “emotional brain” in check and with a positive attitude, you can be more capable of handling work, school, or life activities that require your attention. Seeking relaxation and remaining positive is important for your mind, and massage is a great way to keep your mental capacity in shape and working well while offering stress-relief.

Massage Reduces Stress And Boosts The Immune System

Though many people see massage as a mere indulgence, it should be viewed as something much more than that. It supports overall wellness, boosts the immune system, relaxes muscles, promotes brain activity and memory, and does much more. By optimizing your health and de-stressing with a massage, you can be able to process daily life with more efficiency and ease. Massage interrupts stress-inducing patterns and helps to restore your body to a balanced state, thereby alleviating the mental block of stress from your mind and allowing you to dedicate energy to thinking and completing important tasks.

Janet Constantino, Guest Blogger

“In 2001, I graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage and have never looked back on my mission to bring peace and harmony into a stressful, work-centered culture. In October 2006, I started my business, Massage Kneads, and have been enriched professionally ever since. My college business degree and my passion for massage was the perfect marriage to Massage Kneads! With 13+ years of medical sales behind me, I realized that in all offices, large and small, the “knead” for some relief within the corporate world.”

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