Massage away anxiety

Anxiety varies in intensity and duration for different people and can be debilitating for anyone. While chronic, intense or prolonged periods of anxiety should always be referred to a health care professional, those of us who suffer from occasional bouts of worry and stress can find relief in massage. Massage chairs, for example, can provide affordable and effective treatment in reducing stress, pain, and anxiety.

Today’s Modern Chair Designs

Today’s massage chairs provide full body massage capabilities. Advanced roller mechanisms provide a vast array of massage styles including Shiatsu, Swedish and Therapeutic Deep Tissue work the back, shoulders and neck. Modern “L-track” systems such as those found on the Panasonic MA73 can reach thighs, calves, and feet.

Air bag systems provide compression and reflexology massages to your arms and hands and your lower back, buttocks and hips as well as calves and feet. You can also find massage chairs with stretching or traction capabilities. Some massage chair recliners like the Inada DreamWave include heat therapy which has been shown to increase blood circulation and to reduce swelling as it melts your tension away.

Research-Backed Results

Need proof? More than a dozen massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine conclude that by affecting the body’s biochemistry massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety. In studies of about 500 men, women, and children with depression or stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53%.

Massage therapy also increased serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.

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