Massage has been used since ancient times to relieve pain and promote healing. There are many different types of massage but most offer similar benefits.
Massage relieves pain for many people, including those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, back injuries, migraines, sports injuries and many other conditions. Massage relieves pain by reducing muscle tension and also by triggering the release of endorphins, natural pain relieving chemicals in the brain. Massage therapy also helps with Depression!
According to the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, massage increases the level of serotonin in the brain, which helps prevent or lessen depression. That’s the same thing many antidepressant medications, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, do.
In addition, many people find massage comforting and simply benefit from some human touch and a sense of connection with the massage therapist, which can also help with depression.
Massage reduces tension and induces relaxation, which relieves anxiety. The increase in serotonin helps reduce anxiety, as well. Massage also relieves some of the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as rapid heart rate.
Massage helps many people relax, which can help with insomnia and improve the quality of sleep. Anxiety, pain and depression often interfere with a good night’s sleep, and when massage helps relieve those conditions, it can also improve sleep.