We know that massage therapy is of great benefit to sport injuries, muscle soreness, aches and pains.
But did you know that massage can also be an effective way to help your mental health?
The benefits of massage for mental health
Massage therapy is being increasingly recognised as a method to help alleviate depression and anxiety, improve sleep quality and promote overall well-being and a positive balance between mind and body.
Stress and the challenges of daily life affects the mind but also our bodies. For example, tension caused by stress, anxiety or fatigue can build up causing muscle pain, cramps, headaches, joint pain or inflammations. Regular massage therapy can help alleviate many of these symptoms.
Massage therapy helps your body to relax and deep tissue massage when applied with flow and a slow pace is relaxing. Our massages focus on completely releasing tension in your body and allowing the mind to switch off for the treatment time. If you need time to really take in the massage you can be silent or even sleep if you get into the zone. We don’t mind at all.
The benefits of relaxing your muscles
During your massage the tension in your muscles, especially in areas like your neck, shoulders and back, is released. This natural relaxation helps to:
- improve blood circulation
- lower your blood pressure
- relieve overall muscle fatigue, soreness and stiffness
- relieve tension headaches
- boost your immune system
- improve your skin condition and muscle tone
The benefits of relaxing your mind
The benefits of relaxing your muscles won’t just stop with the effects to your body, you will also find having a regular full body massage has major psychological benefits including:
- reducing the effects of stress, anxiety and depression
- improving your sleep patterns
- better and deeper sleep
- promoting positive body awareness, and a body-mind connection
- releasing endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine which help with depression
- fostering a feeling of well-being
One of the biggest challenges of using massage to treat people with mental health issues is encouraging clients to be comfortable with discussing their condition with their therapist.
It’s okay not to be okay. We are here to help, listen and make your mind and body feel amazing!