“A review of more than a dozen studies concluded that massage therapy helps relieve depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry”
Holistic therapies are becoming ever more popular these days, and : “Michelle Ebbin, massage therapy expert and author of The Touch Remedy, believes that holistic practices like massage therapy can play a greater role in helping people keep their mental health in check”.
National Mental Illness Awareness Week
In order to coincide with this awareness week (which runs from 6-12 October), Ebbin, who is well known from her appearances on nation television, is publishing ideas on how people with mental health issues can incorporate massage into their home, and even work, routines. The author notes:
“Massage has been scientifically proven to lower the stress hormone cortisol, while increasing the release of feel-good hormones (endorphins) in the body. Massage is an excellent way to relieve stress, anxiety, tension, worry, and even depression; and it can be easily incorporated into one’s wellness regimen at home and work”.
Mental Health Maintenance
Ebbin’s advice for home treatment, is to give yourself a massage every month in order to dispel a build up of tension and stress which can be unintentionally directed toward family, friends, work colleagues, and anyone else you have daily interactions with. The author highlights the various types of massage that are available, including: reflexology, deep tissue and Swedish. Further, aromatherapy, which is a gentler form of massage that employs a wide range of wonderful essential oils such as lavender, is well known for relaxing the customer.
Ebbin states that: “Given that so many employees experience work overload or workplace burnout, having a workplace benefit of weekly chair massage or assisted stretching can really change an employee’s outlook for the rest of the day or even the entire week! Even a brief respite of 10-15 minute massage can make a world of difference in stress levels, and massage is a wonderful way to start the week because it improves mental clarity, focus and boosts energy levels”.
This is a very important option for the many people who do not have the funds to indulge themselves. It is also far more convenient, and can be done at any time. One suggestion put forward by the author, is to buy a self-massage tool, which is not expensive. This could be anything from a wooden reflexology roller, which is put on the floor by a comfortable chair; or an electrical massager with different attachments for the whole body. The latter is excellent for those who spend hours on end on a computer!
This company boasts being the number one on-demand massage service and app. It is very convenient as it allows users to book a massage in a hotel, or at their home, on the same day. It also offers workplace massage through its corporate massage program, Soothe At Work, which is extremely popular, and no doubt, employers see a difference in how their employees feel, and work.