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Is winter bringing you down? Massage can help

The winter months sometimes lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression may be positively affected with massage therapy.

Boost your mood with massage therapy

    • 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
    • Massage has been shown to 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

1AMTA Position Statement: Massage Can Reduce Symptoms of Depression
2AMTA Position Statement: Massage Therapy for Anxiety
3.AMTA Position Statement: Massage Therapy Can Relieve Stress
4AMTA Research Roundup: Massage for Mental Health and Wellness

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