We tend to think of pain as something centered in our physical bodies, when it frequently has underlying mental causes as well. Stress and tension settle into muscles and can cause physical aches and stiffness that slowly build up during our day-to-day activities. But it goes even deeper than that. At Elements Massage Central Scottsdale we understand that mental and emotional conditions, such as anxiety and depression, have physiological aspects to their causations, which is one of the reasons why therapeutic massage has been shown to help alleviate both of these states.
After a massage, most clients experience a sense of calm and relaxation, and there is a biological root for these feelings that makes massage helpful for managing anxiety and depression. Studies show that massage significantly lowers cortisol levels in the blood – a hormone that’s responsible for increasing stress. It has also been linked to increased levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, neurotransmitters that are linked to the experience of pleasure and elevated mood. Taken together, lower levels of stress hormones and increased levels of mood boosters will help clients improve their mental health by physically altering the balance of chemicals in their bodies. Just a single session can reduce what is called “state anxiety” – or a reaction to a specific situation or stressor. This means that if you’re worried about a presentation, exam, upcoming deadline, or any particular thing, a single session of massage can go a long way in helping you work through that anxiety and feel better both physically and mentally. However to keep “state anxiety at bay, and individuals more susceptible to general anxiety, will likely need regular massage therapy sessions in order to experience a tangible improvement. Schedule a session for yourself and see how it can improve your mental and physical wellbeing! Elements Massage Central Scottsdale 480.941.3077