Massage Therapy Alleviates Stress & Supports Mental Health

The Mess of Stress

If you’ve ever found yourself sitting at your desk or trapped in traffic with your shoulders tensed up by your ears, you know how a touch on the shoulder can lessen that tension and take your mood back down to a quieter tone. Physical and emotional healthcare are deeply intertwined, and massage therapy recognizes that link.

In the ever-busy world out there, scheduling a massage can be one way to vent stress and keep your mind and body working in top form.

Depression, Anxiety and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Several NIH studies have concluded that massage can have a positive impact on mental health issues such as depression.  A 2005 study[1] demonstrated that changes in biochemistry, including reduced cortisol (a hormone associated with high stress levels) and increased serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters that, when depleted, may contribute to anxiety and depression) result from massage therapy.

Because massage therapy has been shown to lower cortisol level, it may also be of help for people suffering from hypervigilance and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  PTSD has been of particular concern for service members and veterans returning from war as the stress of combat and deployment conditions, as well as separation from family and support networks have led to higher rates among veterans.

Knead to Restore Partners with Hands for Heroes to Support Veterans

Knead to Restore works with Hands for Heroes, an organization that supports veterans by donating free massage therapy hours to veterans.  Robin Martin, the founder of Knead to Restore, contributes 5 hours per month for veteran clients.  As she says, “The opportunity to offer restorative, healing support to veterans is a way that Knead to Restore chooses to give back to the community and offer our gratitude to the men and women that put themselves at risk for us.”

Massage therapy can contribute to your physical health and emotional well-being. Contact us to learn more.