Anxiety and depression comes in two forms and luckily, massages provide relief for both short-lived anxiety and long-term anxiety.
Short-lived anxiety and depression is experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives. Massages can provide increased feelings of positive energy, which will allow improvement on ones mental health. Massages also reduce cortisol levels otherwise known as the stress hormone.
By reducing cortisol levels one is decreasing their blood pressure, their heart rate, and their general feeling of anxiety and depression.
Those with long-term anxiety and depression know that there are physical symptoms as well. Anxiety and depression comes with a feeling of uselessness and lack of motivation for activity.
Due to these feelings, patients of long-term anxiety and depression often experience a good amount of pain such as tense muscles and joint pain that can only be solved with physical activity.
Massages allow the muscles and joints to relax, therefore reducing the physical pain. This allows patients to be active and feel better physically and mentally even days after they have had a massage.