- mental exhaustion
- emotional fatigue
- challenging and stressful times
These are many kinds and degrees of depression. It presents in many different ways, and can be hard to identify.
Long term depression can lead to general ill health and exhaustion. Chronic physical pain often goes hand in hand with psychological depression. When we are tense our muscles are very good at adapting, shortening and flooding the body with chemicals that ready us for danger. Often in depression this chemistry is has been altered and at burn out point…
Self care and acceptance is crucial to begin to reduce the effects of the depression. Massage can be an excellent tool for you to use.
As well as reliving the chronic pain and tension associated with depression, massage helps us access that part of us that doesn’t change, that is always there striving for our own sense of well being.
There is a brilliant quote about the power of nurturing human touch.
“Soothing touch, whether it be applied to a ruffled cat, a crying infant, or a frightened child, has a universally recognized power to ameliorate the signs of distress. How can it be that we overlook its usefulness on the jangled adult as well? What is it that leads us to assume that the stressed child merely needs “comforting,” while the stressed adult needs “medicine”?”
— from Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork by Deane Juhan
A review of more than a dozen massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry. In a series of studies including 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%. (Cortisol can drive up blood pressure and blood sugar levels and suppress the immune system.) Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.