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Massaging Your Mental Health

Article by By: Angie Bras, BS, LMT

Massage therapy is not necessarily the first option when considering mental health treatment, but its power to relax and release tension make it an effective tool for many people.  A recent study shows that massage therapy reduced anxiety and depression symptoms, similar to the impact of psychotherapy.  While it should not replace talk therapy or counseling, massage therapy is a great addition to a mental health treatment plan.

Massage can be an effective tool in pain management, as chronic pain and mental health conditions often go hand in hand.  I often see clients for massage who come in for tension headaches, migraines, neck pain and low back pain, and these symptoms are highly intertwined with depression and anxiety.

Massage therapy is a great self-care tool for pain management in conjunction with psychotherapy.  Massage can help with the physical responses related to mental health conditions.  General relaxation massage can be effective for mental health treatment.  Massage can be limited in length of time, regular sessions make it much more helpful.  More research needs to be done to determine optimal frequency but weekly or even monthly would likely be advantageous.

I encourage my clients that as long as it is regular, whatever frequency fits their budget and schedule will help.  By experiencing the touch of an experienced massage therapist in a safe environment, patients can learn to trust, become more present, and achieve better mental health.

Angela is a licensed and insured massage therapist at the Mattapoisett Wellness Center.  She is available by appointment only, angielmt5@gmail.com or call 774-377-5130.