02 Feb Say buh-bye to the winter blues
Did you know an estimated two to 10 per cent of Canadians will experience seasonal affective disorder (also known as SAD) in their lifetime?
People who live in the northern hemisphere are also more likely to experience SAD because of the amount of daylight we receive (and the colder temperatures), so if you’ve been feeling blue this winter, you’re not alone.
The good news: Massage therapy has been proven to help with psychological disorders, as well as reduce stress. Keep reading to learn how massage can provide mental health benefits.
Massage has a positive impact on depression and anxiety symptoms
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one out of two Canadians have— or have had—a mental illness by the time they’re 40. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns.
Massage reduces stress
Massage triggers the release of endorphins into the bloodstream and reduces the levels of stress hormones like cortisol, a hormone that our bodies release when we feel stressed or anxious.
Massage leads to better sleep
Massage can lead to higher levels of serotonin, which are essential for good sleep. By releasing tension and stimulating the vagus nerve, a massage can also lead to a lower heart rate, relaxed muscles and lower blood pressure, all of which help promote better sleep. Check out our recent blog post on why massage therapy is essential for a good night’s sleep.
While massage won’t replace mental health care, it can be helpful in dealing with mental health concerns, especially during the long winter months. Please consult with a health-care professional if you are experiencing any mental health issues. You can also check out organizations like the Canadian Mental Health Association for additional resources.
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