May is Mental Health Month
What does that have to do with massage?
Glad you asked!
Numerous studies done over the past 10 years show that stress levels among U.S. adults are rising. We all know stress has negative impact on mental and physical health.
Here are some benefits of regular massage that studies have shown can help mental health:
- Increase neurotransmitters that are associated with lowering anxiety.
- Decrease hormones that can increase anxiety.
- Increase concentration even after only 15 minutes of massage.
- Aids in alleviating stress related insomnia
- Reduction in anxiety and depression providing benefits similar to those of psychotherapy.
- Massage can positively affect heart rate and blood pressure. While this seems to be more of a physical benefit, the changes in heart rate and blood pressure affect your mental well-being too! Win-win!
- Various studies show massage can:
- reduce depression in HIV patients
- help mitigate anxiety in patients with a variety of cancers
- lower work-related stress for medical professionals.
- PTSD symptoms have also been positively affected by regular massage.
So, commit to your mental health as well as your physical well-being and invest in a regular massage schedule. Talk to your massage therapist to determine what is best for you!