Just the other day I read an article about how your gut is your second brain. I’ve know this for a while now, but I thought it was time I helped you relate massage and your second brain along with the brain in your head.
Your gut or digestive system feeds your brain and when you don’t feed your gut properly, you don’t feed your brain properly. The gut and brain communicate on a constant basis. Your gut tells your brain when you are hungry and when you eat your brain sends out hormones either asking for more or telling you you’re full. Along with a host of other signals the hormones do.
The tricky part is, not feeding your gut and your brain crappy food disrupting the signals throughout your body. Because once you start on that slippery slope it’s hard to get off that slope. Because when you don’t feed the gut, you are actually stressing the gut along with the brain and the rest of your body.
Now the thing about stress is your brain doesn’t differentiate between mental stress and physical stress you’re putting your body through.
This is where the benefit of massage therapy come in, when you get a massage you de-stress yourself, helping relaxing your brain and letting your gut fire up again, so you can digest food. This is because when you are mentally stressed, your brain shuts down the gut to deal with the stressful situation you are in. The brain also doesn’t differentiate between a little stress and a lot of stress, it’s goes into a flight or flight response to protect yourself. So if you are in a constant level of stress, even a little stress, your gut isn’t working to it’s full capability.
So de-stressing with a massage will help not only your brain to relax, but your gut to fire up again. There is actually a good chance you will hear and feel your gut gurgle. This is your brain talking to your second brain it’s relaxed and the gut to go back to normal.
So in the end, keep massage as part of your healthy routine, you will not only appreciate the relaxation part of the massage, your gut will thank you as well.