Massage & Mental Health
Updated: May 18
Anxiety and depression are real for many – feeling like powerful waves of emotion and energy, these feelings may be mild for some and simply debilitating for others. Sure, we all may have days of feeling down, not everybody is happy at all times. For some, these feelings of sadness or worry may be persistent and can have a major impact on day-to-day activities and overall quality of life.
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are unconventional types of products or practices that are used to treat various medical and mental health conditions. Massage therapy along with acupuncture, yoga, and aromatherapy are all types of CAM. Over the years, the idea of using massage therapy to treat anxiety and depression has grown and become more accepted.
The power of touch can create an emotional connection by lowering stress hormones and increasing positive neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Massage therapy has proven to lower cortisol by up to 30 percent after just one 60-minute session. Swedish massage, a common technique meant to relax the body and mind, is most commonly used for individuals seeking relief from anxiety and depression. This safe flowing, gentle touch will work to manage the flight-or-flight response, lowering the heart rate, calming the body and mind.
By working to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety with the calming effects of massage, many can move closer to a place of inner peace. It is important to remember that massage is not a cure-all and should not take the place of other therapies prescribed by your doctor, but may be a wonderful way to weave complementary and alternative medicines into your treatment plan.
If you are struggling with anxiety, I invite you to a safe space to let go, a safe space to lean in and leave what is no longer serving you. “Live the life you love. Love the life you live” – Bob Marley
Stephanie McCutchin is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of
Sakom Massage and Wellness. The word Sakom is inspired by the Menominee language and translates to extending peace to yourself and others. Creating a peaceful space for clients to relax, recharge, and recuperate is the main focus at Sakom. Stephanie’s practice is located in the historicWillow Tree Wellness center in the heart of Lodi, Wisconsin. The center is solely dedicated to professional healers who offer a variety of services. To learn more about massage and to book your appointment today call, 608-564-5330 orclick here.