April is Stress Awareness Month, and research has long indicated that massage therapy is effective for stress relief. Find out why you should schedule a massage to help manage stress.
What Some Research Says About Massage & Stress
In a study on the effect of trigger point therapy, there was a significant decrease in heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. Measures of oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivary cortisol levels were all lower after a 10 to 15 minute chair massage in controlled studies. Changes in psychological states have been measured by physiological responses, the Perceived Stress Scale, the POMS Depression Scale and the Anxiety State Scale.
Massage Can Help Other Aspects of Mental Health & Wellbeing
Massage therapy can reduce the symptoms of depression. Research indicates massage can improve mood and reduce depression in those with chronic pain, MS, chronic disease, lower back pain and more.
Studies also indicate massage can decrease hormones associated with increasing anxiety and reduce trait anxiety with a course of treatment providing benefits similar to psychotherapy.
Maybe you’ve never tried massage, or perhaps you’ve had a bad experience (muscle soreness, pain, sick feeling…) so it’s understandable you’d be apprehensive. I’d encourage you to give it one more shot and see that the benefits are remarkable. As a therapist I appreciate the differences that each person has and the needs therein. Your session is made just for you with your goals and results in mind. I look forward to working with you soon, however in the meantime get a free Stress Management Exercises info-sheet below!!
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