2 Your Health: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month—How Massage Can Help

Heidi Overman

Heidi Overman, Licensed Massage Therapist, #MT-24997

Brain health is becoming more and more prevalent. As we age, we start to notice small changes in our memory, such as brain fog, and possibly even more-severe memory issues. There are many things we can do to help improve brain health. Nutrition, exercise, supplements, puzzles, and massage are just a few things that can help.

Neurotransmitters play a key role in brain health, memory, mood, sleep, digestion, bone health, and more.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that carries messages between nerve cells in the brain and throughout your body. Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter and hormone. It plays a role in many important body functions, including movement, memory, and pleasurable reward and motivation. High or low levels of dopamine are associated with several mental health and neurological diseases.

Stimulating serotonin and dopamine can enhance brain wave activity, improve sleep, and activate parasympathetic response. So, how do we stimulate these neurotransmitters and dopamine?

Massage has been studied and is known to stimulate serotonin and dopamine. Massage also reduces the stress hormone and allows your neurological system to function better.

In a study published by the Applied Psychophysiological Biofeedback Journal in 2018, sports massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, and foot and hand massage have all been shown to help.

Brain health is so important to aging. Massage can be an important part of keeping your brain and those neurotransmitters stimulated.

Heidi Overman has moved and is now at her own studio in Oro Valley. If you are interested in a therapeutic massage, please call for an appointment at 520-334-8303. My website is www.bluelemonhealthandwellness.com, and I’m located at Blue Lemon Massage, LLC, 10132 N. Oracle Road, Suite 160, Oro Valley, AZ 85739 (in the business park behind the Fairfield Inn in Oro Valley).