The Relationship Between Massage and Mental Health
Posted on 5th January 2021
Mental health issues are becoming increasingly prevalent in modern society and, as a result, there’s greater demand for effective treatments. Massage therapy can be one great way to make a positive impact on mental health issues. Evidence suggests that massage therapy reduces our levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increases our levels of serotonin (the hormone stabilising our moods, feelings and happiness). An increased amount of cortisol in the body can result in muscle pain, muscle tightness, headaches, joint inflammation, joint pain, and fatigue. Massage therapy is beneficial not only for your mental health but also for the indirect physical benefits that come with it.
Massage therapy is a recognised method of reducing the chemical imbalances causing depression and anxiety. Massage therapy can also improve sleep quality and promote overall wellbeing, and a positive balance between mind and body.
The Physiological Effects of Massage on Mental Health
The use of massage therapy directly encourages greater physical wellbeing, such as reducing injuries. However, by using massage therapy to promote mental health you can, in turn, encourage even deeper physiological effects on the body, such as:
Improving blood circulation
Lowering blood pressure
Relieving muscle fatigue
Alleviating tension headaches
Boosting of your immune system.
As you’ll probably know, one of the most significant challenges of mental health issues is talking about them.
If you’re reading this and are struggling, you’re not alone. It is okay not to be okay. We are here to listen, help, and help your body and mind feel more relaxed.
Put yourself first and you’ll thank yourself later.
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