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Massage Away Depression, Anxiety and Grief

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A massage may do wonders for boosting your mental health

Massage therapists use arm, hand, fingertip, and elbow pressure to treat physical and emotional problems. The word massage comes from the Arabic word mass’h, which means “press gently.”

Therapeutic massage was first described in China 2,500 years ago. Many of the world’s medical systems, including Chinese medicine and India’s Ayurveda, developed their own versions. Approximately 400 bc, the Greek healer Hippocrates used massage to treat sprains & other ailments.

Researchers have discovered some women cancer patients who received massage therapy or practiced progressive muscle relaxation for five weeks, reported feeling less depressed and angry, and they had more energy. In another study of high blood pressure patients, those who got 10-minute massages three times a week for three weeks lowered their higher number by 11 points.

A 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 numerous studies including 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.

If you’d like to know more about how massage for depression, anxiety or if grief massage may be right for you or a friend, give Fiona a call at Napier Massage Therapy and we can have a chat.

More research is available at the below website.

https://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/AdultMassage.html