Mental Health Benefits
We know that massage therapy is of great benefit to sport injuries and muscle soreness. But it is also an effective way to improve your mental health. Its benefits are more than just physical: it is also an effective way to alleviate depression and anxiety—and improve sleep quality.
Although life stresses are unavoidable, we can counter negative feelings and insomnia with the positive benefits that massage therapy offers.
Massage therapy can effectively treat a variety of conditions and disorders; however, I will tailor your treatment course of action based on your particular symptoms and concerns.
Studies show that 11 percent of men and 16 percent of women will experience severe depression over the course of their lives. Studies show, however, that massage therapy can be an effective tool for dealing with depression.
In a study published in Support Care Cancer (2010), breast cancer patients who received two 30-minute massages weekly for five weeks reported significant reductions in depression and anxious depression compared to those who received no massage therapy.
Anxiety can be reduced by the positive effects of massage.
Turkish researchers measured burn patients’ anxiety levels before and after massage therapy sessions. Over the course of a five-week period participants showed a significant reduction of symptoms, including itching, pain, and anxiety from the first treatment to the last.
Poor Quality Sleep:
Statistics reports that 13.4 percent of Canadians over the age of 15 suffer from insomnia. Fortunately, massage has also been shown to improve sleep quality.
Researchers reported the positive effects therapeutic massage had on breast cancer patients’ sleep quality (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2009). Participants reported better sleep quality post-massage in addition to reduced anxiety and chemotherapy side effects, and increased quality of life.