Getting a massage is a great way to slow down and relax after a long and stressful day. It helps to lower muscle tension, increase your breathing volume and slow each individual breath, and it also lowers the level of cortisol in the body which is considered a stress hormone. Massage has been around for thousands of years, and has been used as a therapeutic relaxation technique as well as a way to treat muscle sprains and strain on the body.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a primitive left-over from our early human days as a response to danger. Today anxiety can show up at the worst time, such as just before a test in school, an interview for a new job, having to deliver a speech in front of a crowd, or when meeting new people. Anxiety causes tension in our muscles at the base of our neck, shoulders and lower back. It can also cause the feeling of “butterflies” in our stomach.
What is depression?
Depression can be the emotional response to the loss of a loved one or being fired from a job. It is an overall feeling of being sad or down, and can manifest itself in headaches and backaches. It’s not always easy to find time to take care of yourself, but booking an appointment for a massage could be just what you need to help lift your spirits and make your day a little bit brighter.
Treating anxiety and depression through massage
A professional massage can target areas of your body that are tense from anxiety or depression. It can also increase the body’s level of serotonin which helps lower stress. Being relaxed lowers your blood pressure and heart rate as well as raises your mood.