The hot weather is FINALLY going into hibernation until next year…we hope. Leaves are beginning to change and for many of us, this means our moods will slowly fade with the beautiful colors of fall as winter approaches. Ok, this is Escape Day Spa and we don’t do depressing! So, if you’re prone to being a victim of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), you need a massage!
Scientific reasons why massage fights the blahs.
Let’s get a little nerdy for a minute. You have two primary feel-good neurotransmitters in your brain; serotonin and dopamine. Dopamine deficiency has been linked to low levels of motivation and an inability to feel pleasure—two of the most common symptoms of depression. A massage simultaneously increases levels of both by up to 30% after a thirty-minute session!
And while those feel-good neurotransmitters are going up, the nasty cortisol levels (our primary stress hormone) are going down! Inevitably, stress plays a role in many health conditions, including addiction, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, hypertension and heart disease. So, it’s fair to say that stress reduction goes a long way toward improving your overall mental (and physical) health and well-being. To put it scientifically, consistently high cortisol levels can negatively alter the brain’s structure and level of functioning and directly contribute to the onset of anxiety by destroying neurons in the hypothalamus (place in brain where your hormones are released). Cortisol levels can decrease by up to 50% after just a thirty-minute massage session!
Lower-than-normal blood pressure is a symptom often associated with adrenal fatigue, anxiety, and depression. A massage can boost your blood pressure by increasing poor circulation and blood flow, easing all those negative symptoms.
When you’re feeling down and out, your self-image and self-worth suffer. You don’t see yourself the same and you may begin to believe that others don’t either. That’s not a safe place to be.
Massage provides a safe and nurturing place for you to relax, refocus and find clarity. It can increase awareness of your mind-body connection and generate confidence and enhance your self-image and self-worth.
What types of massage benefit my mental health most?
The best types of massage for relaxation and optimum mental health benefits include:
- Swedish massage, which eases tension and improves circulation. Swedish massage utilizes long strokes, kneading, tapping and stretching.
- Aromatherapy massage, Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to relieve anxiety, boost your immune system and detoxify the body. You choose your favorite essential oil. Allow the essence and energy to help guide you away into a deeper meditation. You will be able to take home your bottle to continue your experience at home.
- Hot stone massage, which involves placing warm stones on certain parts of the body to transmit heat deep inside to soothe and relax.
Visit our Therapeutic Massage page to view all 9 of our amazing massages and choose which escape is going to help ease unwanted winter blues!