Your mental health and massage
The physical benefits of massage therapy are widely known. Many people schedule massage on a regular basis as a component of their healthy lifestyle routine. However, a recent emphasis on the mental benefits of massage may have more people turning to regular massages to impact their mental state as well.
Studies have shown that regular massage therapy can lower anxiety levels. The state of relaxation that is created during massage therapy can decrease the symptoms of anxiety as tension is relieved.
Massage therapy is known to increase the blood flow throughout the body, and it also increases the blood flow to the brain. The increase of blood flow to the brain can help reduce stress. Unresolved stress may lead to mental and physical health impairment and exacerbate any mental health issues, including depression, that you are actively working to keep in check.
Another benefit of the reduction of stress and anxiety that occurs during a massage is that it can improve your memory and concentration. Stress and anxiety interfere with your brain's ability to process information efficiently.
If you've been working late hours to meet important deadlines at work, you may find that your performance suffers the longer your burn the candle at both ends. Of course, returning to a normal schedule is an important long-term goal, but a massage can help you alleviate your stress and anxiety in the meantime and help you regain the focus and concentration you need to perform your best.
For more information on scheduling regular massages to improve your mental and physical health, please contact us.