If you find yourself feeling down, sluggish, or overwhelmed (especially during the winter months), consider booking yourself a massage. Massage therapy can relieve a number of ailments, from aches and pain, to stress, to anxiety and depression. Not only will massage relax tight muscles and relieve soreness, it also has been proven to be a very effective way to boost your mood. Here are just a few examples of the numerous benefits massage therapy can have when you’re feeling a little gloomy.
The simple act of getting a massage can increase the brain’s production of endorphins, the “feel good” hormones that affect your mood. More endorphins equals a calmer, more energized, happier you. When you make massage a regular part of your routine, even just an hour per week, you will notice a difference in your overall physical and mental health and wellness.
Massage not only stimulates the brain to release endorphins, but also increases the production of neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety, stress, and depression, and lowers hormones that cause these issues in the first place.
Massage therapy has been known to promote an improved sleep quality, which leaves you feeling more rested, less fatigued and sluggish, and in better mood in general. Relaxing your muscles and allowing the tension to leave your body and sleep will result in a more peaceful mind!
If you’re letting stress and anxiety overwhelm you, it can really damper your mood. Getting a massage is a great way to unwind and de-stress! According to studies conducted at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute, massage therapy lowers your blood levels of cortisol, the hormone that triggers feelings of anxiety and stress, by a whopping 25%.
Regular massage has been shown to switch brain wave activity from the right side (which puts out negative emotions) to the left side (which is in control of positive feelings). This shift results in less anxiety, fewer mood swings, and a reduction in sadness.
Schedule an appointment at our school’s student massage clinic to boost your mood and incorporate massage into your wellness routine.