One of the many side effects of the the pandemic has been an increase in mental health challenges. The CDC reported that in late June 40% of adults in America were struggling with mental health concerns or substance abuse, a significant increase from similar results during the same time in 2019.
Fortunately massage provides and easy and enjoyable solution to this concern. It is commonly known that massage reduces stress. But studies also show that massage can reduce anxiety and depression as well. The anxiety-reducing and mood enhancing effects of massage are most likely related to changes in the electrical activity in the brain, decreased levels of cortisol and increased activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms the body and brain during stress. And functional brain imaging shows that during a massage session changes take place in many areas of the brain that regulate emotions and the stress response. One study even found massage to be as effective as psychotherapy in treating anxiety.
So if you are struggling book a massage appointment and experience the relief.