Chronic Stress and elevated cortisol levels also increase risk for Depression, Mental illness, and Lower life expectancy.
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.
Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Diego M, et al. Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience 2005; 115(10):1397-413.
Links to Help you with Body, Mind Balancing
How to have a Brilliant Mind
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Be the Master of Your Life: Self Empowerment
Change the Way you Think and Change Your Life: Inspirational Guidance and Affirmations