Does Massage Release Toxins?
Massage does not release toxins.
More Info: Though there are plenty of medicinal benefits associated with massage, there is no supporting clinical evidence that it helps to release toxins. Among other things, massage can boost endorphin and serotonin levels, increase blood circulation, and relieve the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles.
Source: Eliminating Toxins with Massage? Andrew Weil, M.D.
What Are Endorphins?
Endorphins are opiod peptides that function as neurotransmitters in most vertebrate species. The name is a contraction of the term "endogenous morphine." Endorphins originate in the pituitary and hypothalamus glands and are secreted into the brain and spinal cord during heightened states of excitation or physical stress. Endorphins produce effects similar to those of exogenous opiates, including pain mitigation, relaxation and mild to profound euphoria. Endorphins, among other biochemicals, also effect cardiovascular regulation, as well as gastric and intestinal peristalsis.