DEPRESSION – How can massage therapy help relieve depression?
When your muscles and connective tissues become stiff or rigid, it can cause pain and limit your movement. Massage therapy can help relieve this tension in your muscles and connective tissues. It also increases your blood flow and promotes relaxation.
If you have depression, massage therapy probably won’t cure your condition. But it may help relieve the physical symptoms associated with it. For example, massage may help alleviate sluggishness, back pain, joint pain, and muscle aches. It can also help relieve fatigue and sleeping problems.
What does massage therapy involve?
During massage therapy, I will massage, stretch, and apply pressure to muscles in your body.
Stress is an inevitable part of life. It is almost impossible to take away all the stress and anxiety we may feel on a day-to-day basis. Research suggests that more than 90 percent of illness results from stress alone. Decreasing physical and emotional stress is optimal to improving overall health and well-being.
A 60-minute massage can lower cortisol, a hormone that’s produced in response to stress, by an average of 30 percent. And when cortisol levels decline, serotonin — one of the body’s anti-pain mechanisms — increases by an average of 28 percent after receiving a massage. By lowering cortisol and increasing serotonin, you’re boosting your body’s ability to fight off pain, anxiety and feelings of sadness.
Case Study for Anxiety , Depression and ASD
Session 1 The young female client was fairly relaxed during and after treatment after an initial of 5 minutes to switch off mind. Has never had reflexology or any holistic treatment before. She saw a butterfly and colours of blue, yellow,green, pink and orange. When working on left hand, felt tingling in both legs. Advised to listen to slow music to help detract the mind from over thinking. A bit of advice also giving on ways to relax and meditate.
I worked on the brain & central nervous system, kidneys, adrenals,liver, solar plexus, diaphragm and a few other points.
Session 2 Client found it hard to switch off doesn’t normally relax as feels always on edge. Worrying about her family.Legs were tingling in general when I started the treatment. No colours seen this time. Client is normally quiet and only gives little feedback.
Client given a few tips to help with anxiety;
- hold thumb in other hand firmly to relieve worry
- index finger for fear hold
- middle finger for anger hold
- ring finger for sadness
- little finger for if you have been trying too hard
Session 3 Client feels relaxed, felt tingling in legs and hands, no specific region worked on to receive the tingling. Colours of orange and yellow were seen.
CLIENT FEEDBACK- Felt it was relaxing to a point and helpful a lot. Would continue with reflexology as she did enjoy the sessions. By the end of the 3rd session she felt much better as didn’t worry too much about her 5 month daughter. She has started to listen to music at bad times and feels so much better from doing so. Started to take time for herself and think more positively.