An estimated 18% of adult Americans suffer from some type of anxiety disorder and approximately 10% suffer from some type of depression. A review of more than a dozen massage studies conducted by the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves Depression and Anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry. In a series of studies including about 500 men, women, and children with Depression or Anxiety or Stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53%. Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, these are the neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.
Massage therapy is the most consistently documented beneficial effect on depression and anxiety. Even though there is no certainty of why massage works so well to reduce Depression, Anxiety and Stress, we do know that humans are biologically wired to respond to touch. The great news is that we really do not need to know how it works, simply that it does. If you have ever received a massage you know how much more relaxed and euphoric you feel during and even days after.
Even if my clients do not come in specifically for Depression, Anxiety and /or Stress Relief, they are receiving the same benefits that those who are.
I encourage you to contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment either by phone or email.