Can therapeutic massage improve mental wellbeing?

We all know that having a massage is relaxing, it eases the stresses and strains from our muscles and soothes our bodies. We also know that it is great for relieving injuries, but have you ever thought about the therapeutic effect it can have on your mind?

Every year many people take time off work for illnesses caused by stress at their workplace, stress which can, ultimately, cause depression, high blood pressure, heart problems, and many other conditions. Mental illness is fast becoming one of the major causes of time taken off work in the UK. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Therapeutic massage hasn’t just shown relief for physical injuries, it been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

How does it remove stress?

Therapeutic massage is when the therapist works at removing tension and relaxing muscles with their hands and elbows for the benefit of the patient’s health. By doing this specialist technique, they can remove pain from the muscles caused by stress. This helps the body return to its natural state, lowering cortisol levels within the body. Cortisol is one of the stress hormones responsible for many of the symptoms related to anxiety.

Removing the symptoms of stress can help restore a regular sleep routine, improve the immune system and even help with concentration – something which most employers would welcome. Looking after our workforce as well as ourselves isn’t just something which benefits employees; when we are rested, happy and relaxed, we can focus on our work, creativity is improved and staff feel that they have a great work-life. It also benefits the company. All great reasons to invest in our employees.

Metrostress have years of experience advising and helping business owners find out what helps their staff to find their mental and physical balance, and improve their productivity. To find out more about our work and its benefits, get in touch with us via our contacts page. It will be one of the best things you’ll do!


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