Massage is a great way to heal depression, whether it be booking for a Professional Massage treatment or daily Self- Massage. Looking after yourself is the Best thing you can do to heal depression by bringing balance to your mind and body. It also gives you a powerful connection to the inner you . This will help to eliminate the effects of Chronic Stress that causes elevated cortisol levels. That are known to increase the risk for Depression, Mental illness, and Lower life expectancy. In this article you will learn how self-care and massage will help to heal mental illness, decreasing your vulnerability to depression and anxiety.
Science has linked elevated cortisol levels as a potential trigger for mental illness and decreased resilience —especially in adolescence.
How Massage is Effective for Recovery from Depression
Massage decreases Cortisol whilst improvement of increased serotonin and dopamine has been found following massage therapy. Taking a course of massage treatments will lead to long term improvement of brain function, emotional stability and improved resilience to stress.
The positive effects of massage therapy on biochemistry are documented including decreased levels of cortisol and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine. The research reviewed includes studies on depression, pain syndromes, auto-immune conditions (such as asthma and chronic fatigue), immune studies (including HIV and breast cancer), and studies on the reduction of stress. In studies in which cortisol was tested either in saliva or in urine, significant decreases were noted in cortisol levels (averaging decreases 31%). In studies in which the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine were tested in urine, an average increase of 28% was noted for serotonin and an average increase of 31% was noted for dopamine. These studies combined suggest the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) and the activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences.
Self-Care the Key Element to Healing & Overcoming Depression
Self-care is a broad term that encompasses just about anything that you incorporate into each day to take positive care of yourself in a good and nourishing way. It involves being kind to yourself and to the people who are in your life and who come into your life each day. It’s also about knowing when your energy and emotional resources are running low, and stepping back to replenish them rather than letting them totally drain you.
It involves integrating self-compassion into your life in a way that helps to prevent the possibility of a burnout.
However, it’s important to note that it is not all around feelings because at times not everything that feels good is good for you and therefore doesn’t rate in the area of self-care. In times of anxiety or despair the use of unhealthy coping mechanisms can be tempting for example: drugs, alcohol, over-eating, junk food, and taking dangerous risks. These self-destructive activities you may have been led to believe will help regulate challenging emotions, but the relief is a myth and danger lies ahead, if not immediate but definitely in the long term. These activities will exacerbate, making worse these feelings of depression, anxiety deepening them often to further self-destruction.
The difference between unhealthy coping mechanisms and positive, healthy self-care activities is that positive self-care activities will bring balance, harmony and happiness back to your emotional realm. When practiced on a daily basis implementing positive changes to eliminate negative habits. .
Treat Yourself Daily to a Self Massage after your Bath or Shower
Once or twice a week, treat yourself to your very own Day Spa Treatment in your own home –
Run a bath with a cup of Epsom Salts – Detoxifies, Soothes aching muscles: 1 Tablespoon of Coconut oil and 3 drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil.
A Simple effective face mask – 2 Nori (seaweed sheets) tear into 3 halves, then the last half into 3 pieces place small pieces on nose, above lips and below lips on chin. The halves place on neck area up to chin, then either side of your face, lie back and relax for 15 – 30 mins
Complete your Treatment with a Self Massage using our Just for You Balancing Massage Oil – A Blend of pure Essential oils – Arnica, Hypericum (St Johns Wort), Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Rosemary, Rose & Geranium