Massage Therapy Helps Lift Depression
Taking time for massage is as important for people dealing with
depression as it is for people dealing with arthritis, sports
injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. WebMD reviewed more than a
dozen studies that revealed how massage can fight depression by
lowering cortisol levels.
Cortisol is the body's response to stress, and massage therapy
lowers it by as much as 50%. At the same time, massage provides many benefits and
can also increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are
both neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood.
Results of Massage
The International Journal of Neuroscience studied a group of
people with spinal cord injuries who were also suffering from
depression. Twice a week for five weeks, half the patients received
two 40-minute sessions of motion exercises while the other half
received two 40-minute massages.
Both groups improved their physical abilities during that time,
but the people who received massage therapy also became less
depressed. So even while exercise has long been accepted as a means
of combating depression, massage not only provides additional
benefits but can also relieve stiffness and soreness resulting from
Commitment to Well-Being
Sometimes it can be difficult to make time for taking care of
yourself, but a Massage Envy membership is an effective way
of maintaining regular attention to wellness. Ongoing massage
therapy promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness, which
reinforces a positive attitude.
Reserving some specific time for a professional massage,
customized to address your personal needs, makes it easier to
remember that you deserve to feel good and that you're taking
important steps to make it happen.