Massage Can Make You Smile
You probably leave each massage session with a smile on your face, but you may be surprised to learn just how long it can last. Evidence suggests that massage therapy can relieve symptoms of depression, and, in turn, perhaps coax a grin during tough times.
In 2010, Taiwanese researchers investigated randomized controlled trials of massage therapy in depressed patients. Based on the results, they concluded that massage therapy has “potentially significant effects” in alleviating depression.
The findings, reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, indicate that the improved emotional mood brought on by massage might be due to stress reduction and relaxation, by bonding between therapist and client, or possibly by promoting the release of oxytocin, a hormone noted for its ability to induce feelings of optimism and increased self-esteem.
One of the benefits of massage is that it can help to improve your mood. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, a massage can help to relax you and make you feel more positive. Massage can also help to relieve pain, tension headaches, and muscle aches. And if you suffer from conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain, massage can be an extremely effective treatment.
Another benefit of massage is that it can boost your energy levels and help you to sleep better. If you have trouble sleeping, a massage can help to relax you and improve your sleep quality. Massage can also increase circulation and lymphatic flow, which can help to detoxify your body and boost your immune system.
More study is needed to determine just why massage seems to be such an effective antidepressant. This much is clear: massage can put a smile on your face, and that’s better than a frown any day. Schedule your next session with us right online! :)