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Massage Therapy + Mental Health

Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression may be positively affected with massage therapy.

Studies shows massage may help:

  • Reduce trait anxiety and depression with a course of care providing benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy.1
  • Increase neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decrease hormones associated with increasing anxiety.2
  • Significantly decrease heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure.3
  • Reduce depression in individuals with HIV, lessen anxiety in cancer patients, reduce anxiety and depression in military veterans and lower work-related stress for nurses.4

Find a Trusted Massage Therapist

Members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) are the most trusted massage therapists in the United States.

Related: Relief Within Reach: Massage & Stress | 2.5 Credit Hours and Massage Therapy for Depressed Clients | 2 Credit Hours

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