My secret is out, I love chocolate and one of the perks of my job is that I get to receive a wonderful chair massage from my therapists when we recruit. Well, did you know that one of the reasons why chocolate makes us feel so good is that amongst other things it releases those fantastic endorphins from the brain. Interestingly, those very same chemicals are released after having a ten minute chair massage. So, just how does chocolate and a seated massage do that?
Your physiological response to the endorphin release is one of deep relaxation as your respiration and heart rate slows down, your eyes dilate (they also do this when you like someone). It also improves your blood circulation, improving your digestion and venous flow to the internal organs. Your toxins and waste are also eliminated with improved lymphatic drainage.
If that wasn’t enough, there is more. Besides being a pain regulator, endorphins also create euphoric feelings, appetite modulation, and the release of sex hormones. Endorphin research suggests that there is a link between emotions and a healthy immune system. So apart from having an onsite massage session, pleasant memories, exercise, sexual activity, laughter, and even pursuing a dangerous activity are alternative ways we can increase our levels of endorphins and therefore help you benefit from your own natural chemicals.
During an onsite massage, large amounts of endorphins are released into the bloodstream. This explains the sense of well-being.
So the next time you get up from your desk to go to the vending machine or the shop across the road for a chocolate fix, stop and think should I get a massage from at One instead?