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Reducing Stress, Anxiety and Depression with Massage

Posted by Eqphysio on 4 October 2019
Reducing Stress, Anxiety and Depression with Massage


More and more people are reporting feeling stressed or overwhelmed in their day to day life, it's no surprise really; with the juggling of family & work expectations, the rising cost of living, the pressures to have & achieve it all. With many of us being isolated from family support & concerned with the uncertainty of the economy, politics or environment decline, unfortunately the price can be stress, anxiety or depression.


How does massage assist with these conditions?

Studies have shown the aftereffects of massage include:


  • Increases Serotonin

    • A hormone which produces a calming effect, contributes to feelings of happiness whilst reducing irritability.  It is thought that low levels of serotonin can contribute to depression, anxiety & compulsive disorders.

  • Increases Dopamine

    • Results in feelings of pleasure, inspiration & satisfaction. Low levels of dopamine can result in muscular cramps or stiffness, sleeping difficulties, fatigue, low mood & lack of motivation.

  • Lowers Cortisol

    • These hormones are associated in regulating heart rate, blood pressure, muscular tension & sleep. Elevated cortisol levels make it hard for us to relax, often resulting in feelings of anxiety, fatigue or being unmotivated. 

  • Releases Endorphins

    • These are the body's natural pain & stress reliever, the feel good effects of endorphin released through massage can last up to 48hrs. It is thought that depression may result from low levels of endorphins & may also be linked to chronic headaches.




Sometimes, just simply indulging in a 1hr massage can be of benefit. Being able to have that small break from the responsibilities & pressures, to switch off for a while to focus on ourselves (or nothing!) can help us feel more at ease with everything that's going on around us. Depending on what you're currently facing, you may benefit from weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions, to help get you back on your feet.

If you are experiencing any of these issues associated with modern life, consider massage therapy as part of your wellbeing regime to get you back on the path of feeling great.


If we can help you with providing massage therapy, please feel free to contact us:

Phone: 9553 8145
Or if you're in the area, drop on by and have a chat with us to see if we can help in any way. We're located at 1/45 Montgomery St, Kogarah NSW 2217.


Author: Eqphysio
Tags: Massage

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