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Massages are often booked by individuals looking to soothe sore spots or alleviate tension from tight muscles. Yet, the benefits of booking a treatment can extend beyond the physical realm, delivering many mental health advantages, too. Here are a few ways these therapeutic services can also support your mental health.

What Are The Some Mental Health Benefits of Receiving a Massage?

1. Help To Control Work-Related Stress

If you’re like many other working adults, your job may be one of your greatest sources of stress. Even people who love their careers experience day-to-day pressures from factors like aggressive deadlines. Massage therapy has been shown to alleviate many of the physical symptoms associated with work-related stress, including muscle tension and pain, fatigue, and headaches. It can also control the emotional and mental effects of stress, as it reportedly decreases the stress hormone cortisol  throughout the body.

2. Lessen Symptoms of Depression  

In a number of studies, depression scores have decreased as a result of receiving regular massages. Experts suspect this could be a result of the activating effects which take place as a result of physical touch, including increased serotonin and dopamine. Also known as “feel good chemicals,” serotonin and dopamine are brain chemicals associated with happiness and reduced anxiety. It’s, therefore, no surprise that many study participants have also witnessed mood improvements, such as reduced anxiety, less agitation, and increased relaxation.

3. Help In The Recovery From Mental Health Disorders

Individuals with mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as eating disorders, may find comfort in scheduling regular sessions with a Registered Massage Therapist. For veterans returning from war zones, massage has been found to alleviate symptoms of PTSD, including tension, irritability, anxiety, and depression. Stress and anxiety associated with eating disorders have also been reduced through regular sessions, along with decreased body dissatisfaction and increased dopamine levels.

Whether you’re considering a massage for its mood-boosting benefits, physical relief, or both, Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage in West Edmonton, Alberta, is a trusted source for therapeutic, calming services in a home-based studio. With a range of options, including relaxation (Swedish) massages and deep tissue mobilization, we offer treatments to meet each individual’s unique needs. Learn more about their services online, or text (587) 496-9642 to schedule your Saturday or Sunday session today.

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