Massage plays an important role in training the body how to relax and help improve breathing. Respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis, are one group of conditions that can benefit from massage therapy.
The breath, via receptors in our respiratory system, which gives the muscles and fascia permission to relax, change structure, and release old congestion. Regardless of the cause or quality of the pain, limitation, or numbing involved, the breath is able to penetrate and reconnect with any area of the body that has been disconnected. You can breathe out old patterns, trauma, stress, and emotions that have been tucked away, hiding in your tissues. Without the assistance of the breath, our tissues are more likely to resist the effects of manual therapy. When we increase our breath capacity and awareness, we can progressively explore our bodies, and bring light (and oxygen!) into dark, forgotten parts of the body.
Thai massage can encourage you to slow and deep breathing that fills your belly which balances your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, allowing your body to function better, stronger and faster.
Virtually every symptom listed by the American Psychological Association can benefit from massage. Research has shown that it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, your body's natural "feel good" chemical. Serotonin and dopamine are also released through massage, and the result is a feeling of calm relaxation that makes chronic or habitual as well as acute or short-term stress much easier to overcome.
This deeper level of relaxation improves the individuals' personal outlook, and their emotional status. Deep relaxation has also been shown to promote a deeper, more restorative night's sleep as well, which makes you feel more refreshed upon awakening.