May is Mental Health Awareness month!
Awareness around mental health is definitely becoming more prominent within the health care system as well as daily conversations. This is probably due to the fact that there are more and more people on this earth. There are also reports of younger people dealing with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Therefore, it’s not only more common for people to talk about it, it’s also becoming more popular for people to want to do something about it.
Although mental health is much more on the forefront of people’s minds, cognitive therapy still has a stigma attached to it. People aren’t as open to discuss therapy or consider getting professional help. While this is still something health care professionals and society is trying to combat, people are turning to massage therapy – and for the right reason.
Massage therapy has been proven to assist those with mental health illnesses in numerous ways. The two most common mental health issues are depression and anxiety, and they both have seen positive results from massage.
The brain and body are highly connected. Massagetique states:
- Massage activates participants’ sympathetic nervous system, which aids in reducing anxiety and improving mood
- Massage therapy activates various neurotransmitters that can decrease anxiety and lower stress hormone levels
- Massage therapy increases the amount of feel-good hormones in our bodies, such as serotonin and dopamine, while simultaneously reducing the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone
- Massage can alleviate many of the stress-inducers we experience, such as tension, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, insomnia, and headaches.
So with this in mind, starting with massage could help bridge the gap of mental health and a solution to some of your symptoms.