Massage therapy was first chronicled in China about 2,500 years ago. The Greek healer Hippocrates used massage to treat sprains. Most of the world’s medical systems, including Chinese medicine and India’s Ayurveda, developed their own versions of therapeutic massage. Massage therapists apply pressure using arms, hands, fingers and elbows to treat physical, mental and emotional problems.
Massages feel comfortable, relaxing and relieve stress. Depression on the other hand, is a complete opposite feeling. It causes your mind to worry, which puts stress on your nervous system and stiffens up your muscles, which leads to anxiety, pessimism worthlessness, fatigue, etc.
Depression can adversely affect the course and outcome of common chronic conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Depression can also result in increased work absenteeism, short-term disability, and decreased productivity, and can become an expensive and devastating condition.
In this article, we will discuss how massage therapy helps in combating depression:
Massage therapy is known to improve the mood
After several days, weeks, months or years of being depressed, the individual may forget what it feels like to be completely relaxed and comfortable. When the right techniques are used, they open up the nervous system and allow more blood to flow, while the aromatic oils remove the toxins that are present. With so much negative energy removed from your body, you are sure to feel much happier, light-headed, calm and relaxed.
Massage therapy helps lower Cortisol levels
Cortisol is the body's response to stress, and massage therapy lowers it by as much as 50%. At the same time, massage also can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are both neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood.Ongoing massage therapy promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness, which reinforces a positive attitude.
Massage therapy helps reduce symptoms of many illnesses
Research studies have shown women with breast cancer who received massage therapy or practiced progressive muscle relaxation reported feeling less depressed and angry, and they had more energy. Another study of high blood pressure patients, who got 10-minute massages three times a week for three weeks lowered their higher number by 11 points.
Massage is a part of complementary and alternative medicine
Massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body's biochemistry, also increase the secretion of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. It stimulates the flow of lymph, which is the body’s natural defense system and is known to improve the conditioning of the skin.
Massages make a world of difference in your physical, mental and spiritual processing.