It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and one can never be too mindful of the impact one faces due to stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Fortunately, there are many acts of self-care that can aid in reducing the toll of everyday stressors on your mental health, such as getting a massage!
Reduce stress and anxiety — During a massage, the body reduces its levels of a hormone called cortisol, which in high amounts can be responsible for the exacerbation of stress and anxiety levels. The release of this hormone also allows us to breathe easier, which is directly related to our ability to relax and operate in an emotionally healthier state. Furthermore, when stress levels are low, the body’s ability to heal itself is at its utmost potential.
Better Mood — Massages stimulate the release of serotonin and endorphins into the bloodstream, which are the hormones primarily responsible for elevating moods. Many studies have shown that massages can aid in combating depression in people experiencing chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia. Pain blockers, which can reduce chronic pain, are also components that can be released into the body via a massage.
Sleep better — Receiving massages causes your muscles to relax and release tension, which enables you to sleep better at night. Sleep quality often improves because of the release of serotonin, which is often a calming agent to help you relax.
Who knew that releasing physical tension could also help release mental tension?
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