Benefits of Massages for your Mental health
You may have received a massage gift card for your birthday, mother’s day or Christmas. Many people see massages as a luxury or as a treat, something you only “allow” once per year. Stiffness and pains in muscles and joints are one of the most common reasons people book in for a massage at the clinic.
However, you should know that having regular massages is important for your mental health also. Many people are not aware of how massage can help them at an emotional level. Having massages regularly have a positive influence in your physical and mental health.
Professional massage therapists are great listeners and they can help you to relax your body and mind too. That’s why massage is a good investment for your mind and body and you shouldn’t feel guilty to include massages in your budget and having them regularly.
What are the benefits of massages?
You may think massage is just for relaxing and comfort, but they are also therapeutic. Regular massages help to improve good health and wellness, but most important, they can help you change mental states.
How can massage help your mental health symptoms?
- Aid to balance emotions
- Help to relieve symptoms of Anxiety
- Massages clearly reduce the level of stress hormones giving you an amazing sensation of wellbeing
- Assist to relieve symptoms of depression
- Help with insomnia
How does stress hormones work in my body?
If you are anxious, stressed or depressed, your body pumps even more quantities of cortisol adrenalin and norepinephrine (stress hormones) fuelling your stress levels and causing them to rise. Massages reduce these hormones by releasing endorphins.
When you receive a massage your body relaxes by reliving muscle tension and at the same time your mind relaxes, too.
Massages are a temporarily relieve (they are not the cure). They alleviate stress symptoms, leaving sufferers feeling happier, relaxed and energised thanks to the rise of endorphins. Most importantly massage can help improve of mental health.
How can insomnia could affect your life?
Part of having a good night’s rest is having that relaxing sensation and off course not being stressed. All of us need to have a good quality sleep to function properly and for our wellbeing in general. Experts confirm that insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases, some examples are: obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and depression.
How can massages help me with my insomnia?
Massages help your body produce serotonin, this is essential for the production of melatonin. But what is it? Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in your brain. It helps control your body clock allowing your body function properly during the day and sleep properly at night.
For many of us, the melatonin level starts to go up about two hours before we go to sleep, but for those who can’t they should have other options. Some people use melatonin pills, check with your doctor first if there are suitable for you. These pills are usually used by people who suffer from insomnia or people who travel internationally to help with jet lag. On the other hand, having massages, is a natural way to increase your melatonin levels. In addition, it is the perfect drug free alternative for people who struggle with this condition.
In conclusion, massage isn’t a luxury or a treat, it can be beneficial to treat pain injuries or your just to help you with your mental health symptoms. If you are suffering from stress, anxiety or sleeping issues, consider that massage therapy is a natural alternative to deal with your mental health symptoms.
We hope this information is useful. Similarly, if you have questions or need more information about our treatments please contact us. We are always happy to help.