3 Ways Massage Therapy Improves Mental Health

1. Reduces stress hormones and relieves depression

Massage therapy is used to reduce stress and tension that gathers in our muscles due to anxiety and high-pressure situations. Along with making you feel better physically, massages also reduce cortisol levels, a hormone our body releases when we are stressed or anxious. Research has also shown that the human contact you experience during a massage increases your oxytocin levels, which is a hormone released when we experience human touch, usually from a loved one.

2. Helps you sleep better

Massages have been proven to raise serotonin and dopamine levels, which are natural chemicals our body releases that contributes to a sense of well-being and happiness which has an effect on our mood. Both of these can have an impact on the quality of our sleep. Message therapy is the best way to unwind. Having a proper sleep schedule to provide more energy throughout the day but also boost your moods.

3. Allows a break from busy life and helps you keep calm

Apart from the physical and mental ways a massage can help us, it also allows us to get away from our busy and be a part of a calming environment. The relaxing experience helps you unwind and not think about our stressful lives we live day to day. At Etobicoke High Performance Health Clinic, we always make sure our patients have the best experience while in the clinic to allow a peaceful moment during all the chaos.


Health Wellness. (2021, January 24). 3 ways massage therapy improves mental health amid a pandemic. Massage Experts. https://www.massageexperts.ca/3-ways-massage-therapy-improves-mental-health-amid-a-pandemic/#:~:text=Massage%20therapy%20helps%20reduce%20some,feel%20stressed%20out%20or%20anxious.

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