Have you been a bit low lately? Did you know that of all natural therapies, massage is number one for reducing anxiety and depression?
Changes in mood during these cold winter months are common, but there is a better way to ease your mind and body. Recent medical studies show that massage and touch therapies can not only alleviate pain, but the psychological affects are just as important. Massage decreases stress, at the same time lowering blood pressure, increasing circulation, and secreting serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters help put your system into a “rest and recover” mode. Studies show that people who receive regular massage feel less pain, are generally happier and live longer. And there are NO SIDE EFFECTS, except feeling better.
But don’t take our word for it, a recent article in Prevention magazine spells it out for you:
Massage Your Mood: friendly touch eases depression and anxiety
By Sara Altshul
A recent review of more than a dozen massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry. In a series of studies including about 500 men, women, and children with depression or stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53%. (Cortisol can drive up blood pressure and blood sugar levels and suppress the immune system.) Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. Read more: Prevention Magazine.