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1. What do you think of the the massage types which are claimed to ease or beat depression? Effective? I heard about a foot massage but do not know whether it is useful or not.
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@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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Hi, @aliali, this is @mamacita . I LOVE a full body massage from someone who really knows what they are doing. I have ALWAYS loved foot massages. For me, they are the best.
Here's the thing. Once you get started, you won't want to stop. So start planning now how you can afford the deliciousness that massage can do for your body. It is going to make you feel like really taking good care of you. And that's what it's all about.
Until next time. Love and light.
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This sounds good mamacita. I am beginning to realize that I need to take care of myself. I will start to look at how to get the massages in the budget. It is well worth the investment and long overdue.
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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.
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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:
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?
I like having a massage. Actually it makes me feel good temporarily (I mean with depression). What I feel baffled by is not a typical massage therapy; rather, it is the so-called REFLEXOLOGY
I think this study is about the matter I mean. How is your experience, if any, with this massage type?
@aliali – That's an interesting study especially since it seems focused on SELF-foot reflexology. I have never done reflexology but I've heard good things and this study certainly presented good results. Like I said before, I think the key is making sure to find a professional and trustworthy practitioner. Do you have one in mind?
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