Depression can take many different shapes and forms. While some people experience general emotional dejection, withdrawal, and sadness, others report feeling more irritable or restless. Certain individuals manifest depression through headaches, fatigue, and pains while others experience insomnia or turn to food (either too much or by severely restricting) to cope.
Regardless of which symptoms present, depression can be a devastating condition. To fight depression, massage can be a big help. Similar to athletes whose bodies are injured, massage boasts many benefits that can directly target symptoms.
Here’s how massage fights depression:
Massage can suppress the body’s production of the stress hormone Cortisol. This can, in turn, reduce feelings of stress while giving a boost to immune functions.
Many individuals struggle with sleep but massage can induce a deep sense of peace and relaxation that can help reset the body’s natural circadian rhythms thus boosting the quality of sleep.
Through the application of pressure and the manipulation of the body’s muscles and connective tissues, massage can promote the production of feel-good endorphins like serotonin and dopamine.
Ongoing massage therapy sessions can promote a positive and grounded state of mind that can curb chronic anxiety levels. By setting aside time to care for yourself through the art of massage, you can take an important step in fighting off anxiety and depression.