Daily, there are thousands of decisions that your brain makes without your conscious and willing participation. You may like to think that there’s always a choice to be made; that we have control over our brain and our body. While in many ways that is true, it is false in one big way: neural pathways.
There’s no denying a massage is calming — until you start feeling guilty for indulging in a little special treatment. A small new study excuses us all from the guilt: Massage therapy isn’t just a way to relax, it’s also a way to alleviate muscle soreness after exercise and improve blood flow, according to the recent research.