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Managing stress and depression through Massages

With increased stresses from greater demand of workload together with ever increasing inflation and cost of living, coupled with the rise of technology where social interactions has been displaced by social media, the feeling of actual care and the warmth of social well-being is being threatened, and it's no wonder panic attacks, anxiety and depression is on the rise in this current era.

Learn the science behind how getting a massage can actually brighten up the gloomy days and ease the feeling of depression.

1) Oxytocin - The love hormones that make you feel cared for

Human care is essential in living a fulfilling life, and massages provide comforting human touches that introduce Oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that comes with social interaction that creates a sense of emotional connection and supports the feeling of attachment. The increase of Oxytocin in the body boost up the mood, clears the blue away, improves the immune system and promote longevity, which is why loving couples live longer.

2) Fix your achy body to live happier and move confidently

Stiff muscles and joints from a sedentary lifestyle or an office job that constantly put you sitting in front of the computer will jeopardize your health in the long run, with an achy body that does not function as well, it will be difficult to stay happy.

Regular massage therapy can help to relieve tension in the muscle and connective tissues, promoting blood flow and improved flexibility to your rigid body, allowing you to move confidently and live happier.

3) Lowering Cortisol to better manage stress and reduces panic attacks

Cortisol- the stress hormones that our body produces that induce the fight or flight response, which often leads to panic attacks and anxiety, can be improved when our body and mind is less stressed out.

Massages can help the body and mind achieve a state of relaxation over a prolonged a period of time, reducing the built up of cortisol in the body and allowing better management of the stress that we face daily.

4) Increase in Neurohormones that helps to battle pain, sadness and depression

Massages tend to elevate the levels of Dopamine, Serotonin and Endorphins up to 30% in the body.

These Neurohormones helps to regulate the body by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, creating feelings of joy, enthusiasm and euphoria.

The effect of massages can induce the "feel good" feelings which may last up to 48 hours, aiding in reducing and relieving pain and sadness, and facilitating a better and deeper sleep during the night.

5) Manipulating structural behavior to boost up confidence and improve mood

Hunched-back, internally rolled-over shoulders, forward and downwards head syndrome are often body structure associated to a depressed person, and these structural collapse and challenges come from people who struggle psychologically for a prolonged period of time.

Therapists that are experienced in massages will know how to apply trigger therapy to target the tensed-up muscle groups that contribute to a depressive structural state, and the manipulation in the muscles help in relaxation and releasing of the structural collapse, promoting deeper breathing cycles and a better body posture.

The change in the breathing cycle and body posture affect the psychological state sub-consciously, allowing the patient to become more energetic and confident after a massage session.