The top 5 benefits of massage therapy reduce stress. Turns out those benefits aren't just anecdotal. No, the power of massage therapy is backed by decades of scientific research, and some of the most innovative studies are less than 10 years old (in the world of science, that's not much). A hard workout, whatever is hard for you, makes you feel like a normal flight of stairs is a backpacking trip that costs 20 miles uphill.
Therapeutic massage is one of the best recovery tools for sore muscles after workouts, especially in elite athletes. One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This happens because massage causes the release of endorphins, the brain's chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of well-being.