- by Christopher Southerton
Massage is great for overall health & wellbeing and has significant benefits for your mental health, particularly in terms of relieving anxiety and boosting serotonin levels which can help boost mental wellbeing and treat depression.
Which type of massage will depend upon your current health condition and preferences, but Indian Head Massage is great for relieving tension and anxiety whilst Swedish Body Massage can affect overall feelings of wellbeing and improve overall mood.
Massage is well known for reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, but more than this it lowers blood pressure and heart rate which is highly beneficial for reducing anxiety and countering the physical effects of stress which can lead to heart problems and other related health problems.
Massage also increases serotonin and oxytocin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in stabilising your mood and promoting sleep, while oxytocin, dubbed the "love hormone," has anti-anxiety effects and promotes feelings of relaxation, trust and psychological stability.
Stress plays a role in many health conditions, including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes, addiction, hypertension, stroke, migraines and heart disease. One of the great things about massage therapy for reducing anxiety, depression and stress is that it's a low-risk treatment when performed by a trained and licensed professional.