Anxiety is often treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, medication or a combination of the two. But alternative therapies are increasingly being considered for treating anxiety, and massage is proving to be effective. A study reports a 60-minute massage can lower cortisol, the stress hormone, by up to 30 percent after just one session. In addition to its calming effects, massage therapy can help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, including muscle tension and sleep disturbances.
The benefits of massage for anxiety are very similar to those of depression. Massage may be a good way to get back in touch with your body, reduce your blood pressure, release tension and realign your body. You may leave your session feeling physically lighter and more balanced, which can help you to face the day.
If you are feeling anxious about having a massage, why not try a Reflexology session; a practice that has been proven to be a highly effective therapy. If you are interested in other complementary therapies that may also help your anxiety, you can also explore meditation and reiki.