In addition to easing sore muscles, reducing joint pain and helping soft tissue strains or injuries, a massage can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and calm feelings of stress.
Researchers at the University of Miami followed 35 breast cancer patients who received massage therapy for 5 weeks. Women in the massage group reported feeling less depressed and angry, and they had more energy compared to the women who didn’t receive massages. Another study at the University of South Florida conducted a test with patients who suffer from high blood pressure. One set of patients received 10 minute massages three times a week for 3 weeks and this helped lower their higher number by 11 points in comparison with the patients who didn’t receive massages, whose blood pressure remained unchanged.
Physiological benefits of massage therapy include:
- Massage therapy has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a hormone that can drive up blood pressure and blood sugar levels and suppress the immune system.
- Massage therapy has been shown to boost the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with depression.
- Massage therapy reduces stress, allowing person on the receiving end to feel refreshed and relaxed.
Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life.
A little pampering can go a long way toward taking better care of your body both mentally and physically. Contact Mantra Wellness today to schedule your appointment. 403-266-8933