Why Do I Feel Very Emotional After a Massage?
Why Do I Feel Very Emotional After a Massage?

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Feeling emotional after a massage is a common experience and can be attributed to several factors:

  1. Release of Tension: Massages help to release physical tension stored in your muscles. This physical release can lead to an emotional release as well, as the body and mind are closely connected.

  2. Stress Relief: Massages reduce levels of stress hormones like cortisol and increase the production of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. This hormonal shift can cause a release of pent-up emotions.

  3. Therapeutic Touch: Human touch itself can be very therapeutic and comforting. It can trigger feelings of safety and relaxation, allowing suppressed emotions to surface.

  4. Mind-Body Connection: A massage can enhance the connection between your mind and body. As you become more aware of your body, you might also become more aware of your emotional state.

  5. Relaxation Response: The deep relaxation experienced during a massage can create a sense of vulnerability, making it easier for emotions to come to the forefront.

  6. Memory and Trauma Release: Sometimes, physical tension in the body is related to emotional or traumatic experiences. When the tension is released, the associated emotions may also surface.

  7. Energy Flow: In some healing traditions, such as in certain types of bodywork like acupuncture or reiki, it is believed that emotional energy can become blocked in the body. A massage can help to unblock and balance this energy, leading to an emotional release.

These emotional responses are generally positive, indicating that your body and mind are processing and releasing stored emotions.

Breath, be still and let them pass.

Remember to be kind to yourself. 

If you find the emotions overwhelming, it might be helpful to talk to a therapist or counselor to explore these feelings further.