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aliali (@aliali)

Massage to ease depression

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: May 30, 2019 | Replies (8)

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@gingerw

@aliali This is a good question, and you may find several types of answers posted here. Massage can make a person feel good about themselves, as it often releases endorphins, the "feel good hormones". There are also many different types of massage, and they bear research. For myself, I do not like massages, but it is a personal thing. @mamacita @lioness @parus @contentandwell @debbraw Do either of you have insights regarding massage for depression?
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@aliali Thanks Ginger for inviting me to respond alili a massage is very relaxing to the body and does make you feel better but probably a scalp massage would be beneficial also then you can follow up yourself with positive thoughts by going for a walk and meditating in quiet in the woods or by the sea wherever you like

@gingerw @aliali I go for occasional massages, my husband goes about monthly. I never thought of them helping with depression but it makes sense. I think we all allow ourselves certain indulgences though, and massage is not one I generally do indulge in. I love it when my hairdresser shampoos me though, he gives a fabulous scalp massage. If I could have him wash my hair every morning I would probably just float through the day.
For a long time I would only go to women masseuses but then I ended up with no choice a couple of times and had a man. I was very surprised to discover that they were great and I liked both of them a lot.
JK

Hi @aliali – I see you have already gotten lots of good input on massage. Here are a couple of links that may interest you. One discusses the benefits of massage and another discusses some of the ways Mayo Clinic is studying the efficacy of massage therapy:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743
https://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/integrative-medicine-health-research/research-studies/massage-manual-therapy-studies?_ga=2.150719731.454375953.1558915743-1531702906.1512411564
I think there are definitely benefits. I would just encourage you to make sure you check out the practitioner to make sure you have a reputable professional. Or – do you already have a masseuse you trust?

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