Have you ever felt really sad or angry about something and after a hug the feeling gets better or disappears? It’s almost instant, right? One second you’re crying or in a rage, and then a hug can reverse everything and you start to relax again. What is that? It’s the power of touch and connecting with somebody. Massage therapy has that same effect as well. You could be feeling stressed, anxious, sad or depressed about a situation and after a great massage, those feelings seem to melt away leaving you in a state of bliss and relaxation.
According to studies done by the American Massage Therapy Association, massage therapy has been shown to assist in the treatment of depression in individuals with HIV, Cancer, and other debilitating illnesses. Massage therapy has also been found to reduce anxiety and day to day work related stress.
It’s not unusual to meet somebody suffering from a mental condition such as anxiety or depression, and today as more research about alternative treatments are coming out, more and more people are seeking out complementary methods like massage therapy to help alleviate some of the symptoms.
During a massage, good hormones called serotonin and dopamine are released, natural chemicals found in the body that make you feel good. Massage Therapists possess the power of touch that helps you to lower cortisol and adrenaline, hormones that amplify the feelings of anxiety and depression. This is why after a great massage, you’re left feeling a little better than when you first came in for treatment.
It used to be that massage was a luxury, or was only needed for people suffering from physical pain. The reality is that massage therapy offers a host of benefits that research is starting to unravel. In today’s world, it’s necessary to take a proactive approach to managing and maintaing one’s health and a good massage can help reduce physical and mental problems as well as promote healing within the entire body. Whether you’re suffering from a diagnosed issue or just feeling a little stressed by your day to day life, book a massage! You’ll leave feeling and looking better than when you first came in.
Try a massage and challenge the power of touch at Mercedes Club Spa. Call us for an appointment and more information. 212.265.1111
By Nansa Sheriff, Mercedes Club Licensed Massage Therapist