Massage can help anxiety and depression

25/11/13

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What is anxiety and depression? While anxiety is a general term for disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension and panic, depression refers to disorders causing sadness, anger and feelings of emptiness.

Some studies have concluded that massage therapy can relieve anxiety and depression by affecting the body’s biochemistry. It has been found that massage therapy can lower the stress hormone cortisol by up to 53% and increase endorphin, serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.

Massage can also accomplish physical changes where a general state of anxiety and depression has shortened abdominal muscles and tightened the diaphragm limiting the ability to breathe deeply. It can assist with the release of tension in the neck, chest and shoulders.

While my massage is not a cure for anxiety and depression, it can play a great role in their management. After my massage you may feel taller, more relaxed, have less pain, and a different outlook on your day with more positive thoughts. After a series of massages, you may feel that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that your emotions are under control.

Massage is the ideal treatment for depression and a tonic for the nervous system. It can heighten your mental state and enable you to sleep, digest and breathe better.

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