It’s well known that regular massage helps relieve muscle pain, increase circulation and improve sports performance. But recent studies show that massage can be an effective treatment for anxiety. With 18% of Americans experiencing clinical anxiety in any given year, and over 60% experiencing over a lifetime; we clearly need some new tools to help us all manage and mitigage the effects of anxiety.
Recent research has shown that five sessions of massage therapy was clinically effective in decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) (Rapaport et al. 2016)
Read more here; and explore 10 additional articles showing how massage is an effective treatment for anxiety. http://www.rmtedu.com/blog/massage-therapy-for-anxiety
In our fast-paced – 24 hour news cycle – do more with less society; many of us struggle with anxiety. Scheduling more frequent massages may be just what we need to feel better and perform at our best against the backdrop of modern life.
Suzanne Andrew; Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher and Owner of Island Massage Therapy. www.IslandMassageOnline.com