"After a hectic day or with tense muscles, massages are an absolute boon. Numerous studies have shown that their benefits go even further: A pleasant massage makes it easier to fall asleep and can even reduce pain.
The positive effects of massages
In 2005, The Touch Research Institute in Miami discovered that massages alleviate anxiety by lowering cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and supporting the production of serotonin and dopamine. The two neurotransmitters are closely related to well-being. An unbalanced serotonin level, for example, can have a negative effect on mood and thus impair overall performance. Because massages support the release of this important hormone, they can help reduce and prevent stress, anxiety and depression...."