There is more to a massage than feeling great. They positively impact your mental health and sense of well-being, which help you recharge and achieve success! As more studies continue to support the benefits of massage, it has become accepted as an alternative form of therapy. Massages these days can be offered at hospitals, clinics, airports and if you’re lucky, at your workplace with MassageAtWorkUSA!
In the United States, almost half of adults will experience a mental health challenge during their lifetime.1 A growing body of research is supporting the positive impact of massage therapy for relief of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Poor Mental Health Drains Us
Mental health can conjure up headache, neck pain, sleeplessness, and burnout. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami has conducted numerous studies concerning massage and mental health. The results include findings that massage therapy effectively reduces symptoms associated with:
Stress and Massage Therapy
Stress has been around since the beginning of time. We have already discussed the negative effects of stress in our other blogs, so we’ll summarize here. Research suggests that more than 90 percent of illness results from stress alone.2 Massage therapy has been studied to significantly reduce stress physically and psychologically. Other research has validated that:
Anxiety and Massage Therapy
Anxiety has a lot more power over our lives than we believe. Intense and excessive worrying can negatively shape our quality of life and severely impact our decisions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40 million adult Americans suffer from anxiety disorders (American Massage Therapy Association, 2021). Research supports that Massages can decrease the hormones which spike our anxiety, elevate the neurotransmitters which lower anxiety. Other ways Massage can reduce anxiety are:
Depression and Massage Therapy
When depression begins to take control of someone’s life, psychotherapy, one-on-one conversations with a mental health professional, is the go-to treatment. For people with mild to moderate symptoms of Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder, a blend of treatment options can be beneficial as well.
When we say massages make you feel like new, we mean it! If you find yourself struggling to deal with anxiety, depression or stress by yourself, remember that you are not alone. Massage can boost your treatment by providing you with an even greater sense of self-worth, reassurance and awareness.
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Information on this topic provided by:
American Massage Therapy Association. (2021, January). Massage Therapy for Mental Health. American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). https://www.amtamassage.org/resources/massage-and-health/mental-health/
Can massage relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress? (2014, June 25). Mayo Clinic Health System. https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/can-massage-relieve-symptoms-of-depression-anxiety-and-stress
Massage Health Center at Destination Hope. (2016, May 2). Massage Therapy for Mental Wellness. https://www.mentalhealthcenter.org/massage-therapy-for-mental-wellness/
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