Massage: Finding Physical and Mental Relief

October 2, 2017

Most people wonder if massage is a good idea, and the answer is yes! Massage is known to relieve stress levels and encourage the production of serotonin. You may not believe it, but massage can be one of the most affordable options out there when it comes to enhancing your mood.

 

There are several studies available showing the positive effects of massage including, but not limited to:

 

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Lowering blood pressure

  • Lowering cholesterol

  • Fighting depression

 

Controlling Inflammation
 

Sometimes stress can take control of our lives. This is the case when we have demanding jobs or demanding lifestyles. Some people often brush these symptoms off and proceed with the day, hoping that staying busy will allow them to forget that the pain exists. This process can be detrimental to the body's health and your state of mind, or mood. When pain is present so is the possibility of inflammation. Inflammation can be relieved from receiving massage on a regular occasion, according to a study performed by the Archives of Internal Medicine ( 4 Ways...). Massage can help us deal with those everyday pesky aches and pains and get us back to living a healthier life.

 

Finding Physical and Mental Relief
 

Aches and pains are the cornerstones of our lives. Whether we feel pain once throughout our lives or on several given days, we still have to consider the micro benefits massage can help with. These benefits include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. According to recent research, massage can lower both. When receiving a massage your heart rate can decrease by up to 10 beats per minute and according to a study published in the Massage Magazine, Massage can help lower the production of cholesterol (BHealth),(4 Ways..). Massage can not only aid in living a healthier lifestyle, it can also help battle the onsite symptoms of depression.

 

According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Depression is the most common illness in the U.S. With over 40 million people affected, it's no wonder we feel passionate about the positive effects massage can have. As depression threatens the lives of so many, reports in Everyday Health have suggested that when you receive massage, on a regular basis, decreasing depression can increase exponentially. This happens because massage helps increase serotonin and decrease cortisol levels (BHealth) (4 Ways..).  It's amazing to think that something as simple as massage can be so positive to one's health.

So if you are ever feeling stressed at work, or find yourself feeling a little down,  consider the option of massage. It can prove to be more powerful than you think!

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