Historically, massage has been used to combat such symptoms as high blood pressure, diabetes and anemia, but it has also been used effectively to combat depression. The way it is done is through the careful application of various levels of pressure to certain portions of the body, thereby stimulating pain receptors, brain waves and the release of pain-relieving chemicals into the bloodstream.
Massage combats like multiple symptoms such as stress and anxiety as well as depression. When a massage is given, nerve receptors that are directly linked to the nervous system are stimulated, and mood-enhancing chemicals are released. When chemicals like serotonin and dopamine are increased, the body’s sensations of happiness also increases. Massage also combats depression by decreasing the level of chemicals associated with the sensation of stress. During a massage, chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline decrease significantly.
Massage also has a significant impact on relaxation-causing alpha brain waves. Since the amount of alpha brain waves is increased during massage sessions, people often feel an increased sense of well-being and happiness. Massage therapy has a lot to offer people who are experiencing pain as massage therapy also promotes circulation and dulls pain receptors. Massage has a direct impact on immune function, helping to boost the immune system and prevent illness.
If you are currently suffering from depression, contact your physician, massage therapy may well be the answer to your problem, and many physicians recommend massage therapy as a supplemental form of treatment for depression. In a normal massage session, your masseuse may apply one or more techniques such as acupressure, deep tissue or reflexology. Make sure that you let your masseuse know what portions of your body are undergoing discomfort and any special requests you have of them.