Mental Health & Massage Therapy
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. Our Mental health helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
So, how can Massage Therapy help with Mental Health? When someone struggles with Mental health their muscles and connective tissues become stiff or rigid, which can cause pain and limit your movement. Massage therapy can help relieve this tension in your muscles and connective tissues. It also increases your blood flow and promotes relaxation.
Massage therapy has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, a stress related neurohormone and increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine that have a positive effect on your mood. Massage encourages sleep which helps in tissue repair, regeneration and healing.
If you struggle with anxiety or depression, massage therapy paired with other treatments with your Primary Care, Chiropractic Care, Acupuncturists or Psychologist/Psychiatrist can be of great benefit for you. Massage therapy alone will not cure a mental disorder. Most will find that it provides immediate gratification. You may feel relaxed and calm from the time your massage begins.