Massage for Anxiety and Depression
In this current age of technology and fast paced environment, more and more of us are struggling with our mental health.
Depression and anxiety are amongst the highest ranking mental health issues, In fact 1 in 4 of us in the UK will experience a mental health issue, such as depression and anxiety, this year. (mind.org)
So what can we do about it?
Well, obviously every circumstance leading to depression and anxiety is different, however taking the time to slow down the pace, relax and unwind can certainly help.
We live in an age where quicker is seen as better, everyone wants what they want NOW, pressures to perform are high and our lives are constantly go, go, go!
This style of living does no good for our bodies and mind!
This high pressure, fast paced way of living puts our bodies and mind into a constant state of “fight or flight” which puts an incredible amount of stress on our nervous systems.
Too much adrenaline for too long has devastating effects on the way our body functions.
It can cause feelings of stress, poor sleep, digestive disorders, headaches, heart disease, weight gain, depression and anxiety!
Therefore it is extremely important to ensure you take time out from the chaos of what is becoming daily life for so many of us.
Receiving a massage such as Reflexology or Indian Head Massage is such an excellent way to do this.
During a massage you will have no emails to answer, phone calls to make or things to do for a whole hour! Sound good?!
Plus Reflexology and Indian Head Massage can help your body to re-balance your bodies functioning.
By stimulating certain pressure points on the feet / hands (or head / face) these types of massage can encourage;
- Serotonin and dopamine release (the feel good hormones)
- Reduction of cortisol levels (the stress causing hormone)
- Activation of the sympathetic nervous system (the one that puts your body in a state of relaxation rather than stress)
- Alleviation of built up tension in joints and muscles (usually the cause of headaches, pain, fatigue etc)
- The removal of built up toxins / waste in the body that can cause illness
- An overall feeling of well-being
So, if you lead a busy lifestyle (or even if you don’t) and are feeling depressed or anxious, why not try scheduling in a regular massage session, for the sake of your well-being.
The benefits that you could gain from it could transform your life.