East Bay Massage: Depression

9.5% of Americans have been diagnosed with depression– and because this condition effects the way you perceive and feel about life, it effects those around you, too. Whereas ‘depression’ may conjure image of a person who simply cannot get out of bed in the morning, the truth is that many are slogging through life everyday, going to work and taking care of their families, all the while feeling like an outsider to their own lives.

There is a difference between feeling ‘depressed’ and having been diagnosed as ‘depressed.’ Of course, every person goes through times when they feel sad, out of sorts, or alienated socially. Losing a loved one, losing a job, or dealing with challenging relationships can do that to just about anyone.

But if depression lasts for a long time and you feel overcome by it, it’s time to talk to a professional who will be able to guide you through.

Massage can be one part of treatment for depression. When you receive a massage, oxytocin is released. This is the feel-good hormone that new mothers produce in abundance after they give birth. It helps stressed out new moms find calm and peace and affords them a boost in bonding with their babies. Everyone can produce oxytocin, and you don’t have to give birth to enjoy some of its positive effects. A good massage can help with depression by producing more feel-good hormones even as it decreases cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, the stress hormones.

Connecting with another person in a supportive way, with the aim of greater health, can also help you feel more involved in your life. People are social beings, and massage is a terrific way of engaging with another. The therapeutic relationship that develops can become and important part of taking care of yourself for your own sake, and for those who love you, too.

Thank you for visiting East Bay Massage!

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