The Benefits of Massage for Improving Mental Health
We know that massage therapy is of great benefit to sport injuries and muscle soreness, but did you know that massage can also be an effective way to support your mental health?
Massage therapy is increasingly being recognised as a method to help alleviate depression and anxiety, improve sleep quality and promote a positive balance between mind and body. It has been used in China for more than 3,000 years with practitioners there convinced it can help ease feelings of depression.
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues negatively impacting many lives. Recent studies have shown massage therapy can reduce these symptoms by activating the sympathetic nervous system, reducing anxiety and improving mood.
If you have depression, massage therapy probably won’t cure your condition, but it can help relieve physical symptoms associated with it. For example, sluggishness, back pain, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue and sleep problems. It can also be combined with conventional treatments such as medication and psychotherapy.
Massage therapy helps your body to relax and deep tissue massage when applied with flow and a slow pace can be highly relaxing. Massage releases tension in your body thus allowing your mind to switch off during treatment. If you need time to really take it in, you can be silent or even doze.
Through massage, relaxing your mind can:
• improve your sleep patterns promoting better and deeper sleep;
• encourage a positive body awareness and body-mind connection;
• release endorphins which help with depression and generate a feeling of well-being.
It’s okay to not be okay.Make some time to look after yourself…