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Massage benefits Anxiety, Depression, And Stress relief

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Can massage alleviate or set free the depression, anxiety and stress?

We know it does - and believe the key player is called CORTISOL.


"Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced by your 2 adrenal glands, which sit on top of each kidney. When you are stressed, increased cortisol is released into your bloodstream. Having the right cortisol balance is essential for your health, and producing too much or too little cortisol can cause health problems." (Source Health Direct)


Mayo Clinic promotes that a one-hour massage can lower the cortisol level in our body and releasing more serotonin (happy chemical) to reduce a feeling of depression and boosting up the ability to feel free from the pain, anxiety, and sadness. (Source Mayo Clinic)


"Physical benefits of massage

A massage does more than just feel good. It can lower the amount of cortisol in your body. This hormone is produced when your body is stressed. It increases glucose in your bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose and curbs functions that are nonessential in a fight-or-flight situation.


A one-hour massage lowers cortisol in your body while also releasing serotonin. This hormone neurotransmitter is sometimes called the "happy chemical" because it reduces feelings of depression and carries signals between nerves and your body. By lowering cortisol and increasing serotonin, you're boosting your body's ability to fight off pain, anxiety and feelings of sadness.


Also, massage could be considered an hourlong hug, as it can fulfil the need for human contact and comforting touch. A session provides you with a nurturing safe place to physically rest."



Relaxation massage


References

Marsolek,July 20, 2022. Can massage relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress? Retrieved from

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/massage-for-depression-anxiety-and-stress#:~:text=A%20massage%20does%20more%20than,fight%2Dor%2Dflight%20situation.

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