Can Massage Trigger an Emotional Release?

by | Jul 28, 2023 | The Rubin Chiropractic Health Center Blog

Many people rely on massage therapy to loosen and relax tight muscles. But, the mental and emotional benefits of massage are much lesser known. With an experienced massage therapist, massage can provide an emotional release, lower your stress levels, and make anxiety more manageable. This emotional release can even boost your body’s healing process, helping you overcome persistent physical pain. 

Read on to learn more about emotional release and how it can benefit your overall wellness.  

How Can Massage Provide an Emotional Release?

Chronic physical aches and pains are often connected to strong emotions that we experience, such as anger, fear, and grief. If they’re not fully processed or expressed, these emotions may become trapped in the body. Whether for months, years, or a lifetime, these emotions can take a toll on your mental and physical wellness. 

Massage is a valuable tool in the process of releasing these trapped emotions. Your massage therapist will work to release pent-up tension in the body while providing a safe environment to release this emotional energy. Oftentimes, as this emotional energy is released during a massage, people may cry, shout, tremble, or even laugh uncontrollably. This is a sign that the body is trying to process the trapped emotions. 

Additionally, by boosting blood circulation throughout the body, massage stimulates the nervous system and triggers the release of “feel-good” hormones, including endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. By prompting feelings of happiness, motivation, and wellbeing, these hormones bolster the emotional benefits of massage therapy. 

Massage Therapy For Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Massage therapy is a safe, healthy way to release both physical and emotional tension that’s being held in the body. Over time, massage may help you manage anxiety, stress, and other difficult emotions while providing a host of physical benefits. 

To learn more about emotional release in massage therapy, schedule an appointment at the Rubin Health Center today!