While many suffer with issues related to anxiety and depression, medication is not always the best form of treatment. Many are starting to realize the importance of receiving regular massage sessions to treat anxiety and depression is a wonderful form of treatment in and of itself. One of the oldest forms of treating mood disorders, massage therapy has always existed and is one of the oldest forms of medicine and therapy.
As western medicine and medications began to dominate our healthcare system in the modern world, massage therapy fell out of mainstream ways to treat depression and anxiety. Fortunately however, massage therapy and it’s acceptance in the “modern” medical community continues to rise and is proving itself once again. There is a reason why this form of natural medicine has always been and always will be…because it’s real and because it works, period!
Because many issues related to depression and anxiety come from suppressed emotions and sometimes unresolved traumatic events, a massage session provides a safe, nurturing environment for you to connect with yourself and step away from the stress of the outside world.
In addition, our skin houses millions of nerve endings that link directly to our nervous system. During a massage the skin is stimulated and therefore releases chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine which helps to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. This is where the “natural” mood stabilizers come into play, resulting in a feeling of general well being and total relaxation.
Incorporating regular massage sessions into your healthcare routine is beneficial way to balance out the mind body connection of emotions and treat any issues of anxiety and depression you may be suffering from.