It has long been known that massage therapy can help with our physical health, but its impact on our mental health is just now coming to light. Even if you do not have physical aches, getting regular massages can do wonders for your overall wellbeing. Here’s how massage therapy can vastly improve your mental health.
Enhance your overall mood
Massage therapy is a common way for people to find joy and to de-stress. Over time, massage has been shown to decrease anxiety and tension people may be feeling day to day or over different events in their lives.
Massage has also been demonstrated to release hormones like serotonin and dopamine – which are also known as feel-good chemicals. These two hormones are thought to be the cause of your elevated mood after a massage.
Get relief from chronic illness
Many people live with a chronic illness that causes them some form of physical pain on a daily basis. Regular massages can help alleviate this pain.
Relief from this daily pain would elevate almost anyone’s mood, so it is understandable how a regular massage to alleviate physical ailments can boost your mood, too.
Reduce anxiety and depression
If you live with anxiety or depression, you can sometimes feel the effects of them physically. A massage can go a long way in giving some self-care time.
Massage therapy can also help activate neurotransmitters and balance your hormones, which can help long-term manage depression and anxiety.
Increase muscle recovery
As we age, our muscles and recovery time just aren’t what they used to be. Since massage therapy promotes blood flow to all the muscles and joints in your body, it can greatly decrease the amount of time it takes to recover from an injury or pain you’ve been experiencing.
And when we have relief from physical pain and are able to be more active, this can really boost our mental health as well.
Relaxing massage at VERA Home Care
At VERA Home Care, we now offer in-office and mobile massage options. If you or your loved one is looking to benefit from a mood-boosting massage, give us a call today at 226-271-5058 to schedule an appointment!