The Role Massage Plays In Mental Health

Massage has been gaining more recognition in recent years for it’s effectiveness in assisting the management of a range of mental health issues.

With an increasing number people of all ages in London, and the UK as whole, experiencing mental health difficulties, there has never been a more important time to explore alternative therapies as a means to help people combat their issues.

Common issues include depression, PTSD, anxiety, post-natal depression, acute fatigue, and related conditions such as fibromyalgia, headaches, eating disorders and others.

A healthy lifestyle, in which massage can play a part of, is crucial to alleviate the symptoms of these issues and promote a better sense of well-being.

Massage helps an individual to experience a more positive balance between mind and body, and can act as a reset button to clear the mind and break negative thought patterns.

Massage and your hormones

Stress is a trauma for both the mind and body, and physical pain such as headaches, joint pain, muscle cramps and some types of inflammation can be made worse and in some cases brought on by stress or anxiety.

Our mood is generally controlled by several hormones in the body, such as:

Dopamine – the happy hormone
Serotonin – the calming hormone
Endorphins – the pain relievers
Cortisol – the stress hormone
Adrenaline – the fight or flight hormone

An example of how massage can help can be seen by looking at dopamine. Dopamine affects mood and our ability to focus on tasks. Certain massage techniques will promote blood flow to the heart, and dopamine levels will increase due to the the improvement in circulation and lymphatic flow.

Another example is with cortisol, which is released in high levels during times of stress and can cause anxiety, aggression, and difficulties sleeping. A massage treatment will reduce cortisol levels bringing relaxation, a quieter mind, and improved sleep.

Massage also stimulates the nervous system, balancing suppressed levels of serotonin and endorphins leading to relaxation, reduced stress, and a more positive outlook on life.

For more information about the range of massage treatments available please explore our website, or get in touch to book a session.

Crystal Palace Massage
10 Westow St
Crystal Palace
Upper Norwood
SE19 3AH

Tel: 07412 897 490