Beat a Bad Mood
A massage is like a DIY antidepressant. "When touch receptors are manipulated, your system produces higher amounts of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a natural mood booster," says Field. Your brain gets more than a feel-good serotonin bath. It also makes more dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure that can trigger a drug-like high. That's why some people feel so blissed out after a massage.