Whether it’s due to changing season or just a long term chronic feeling of depression and anxiety, several researches have proved the effectiveness of massage therapies to improve mood as well as rest the circadian rhythm of your body which ultimately leads to better sleep and more energy.
Improve your mood: The Research:
A random study of 34 women from different age groups with stage 1 and 2 of breast cancer examined how massage therapies can impact their anxiety and depression level. The massage therapy group was provided with 30 minute massage sessions three times a week for continuous 5 weeks which consisted of stretching, squeezing, stroking techniques to their head, legs, feet, arms and back.
On the other hand, the control group received no such privileges. The participants were assessed on the first and last day of the study which shows immediate effects on depressed mood, vigor, anxiety as well as long term effects were noted on anxiety, hostility, depression, functioning, coping styles as well as body image. A subset of 27 women also had blood draw to assess their immune measures.
In yet another study that examined the effect of massage therapy on circadian rhythms adjustments in full term infants, researchers measured the rest activity cycles of infants before and after the message therapy. The group started at 10 days old kids then at 6 weeks of age and then weight weeks.
The rest cycles were measured on the basis of actigraphy and 6-sulphatoxymelatonin excretion in the urine sample at 6 weeks and 8 weeks of age. The concentration of these elements correlates with the level of melatonin in the blood, which helps controlling sleep and wake cycles.
At 12 weeks, the 6-sulphatoxymelatonin excretion exretions were recorded to be higher in those infants that received massage therapy than those of control group. This suggested that massage sessions can help to enhance coordination for the developing circadian system.