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Massage eases depression

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Massage Magazine has published several articles about how massage can help dealing with depression. Lots of research is being done in the field. Researchers prove many things we as massage therapists intuitively have known for a long while. Now it is backed up by scientific studies and research.

This week I will quickly describe a number of articles from Massage Magazine relating to depression and how massage can aid.

Massage Therapy Can Turn that Frown Upside Down; depressed people feel more pain than happy people.
Research Review Shows Massage Therapy Effectively Addresses Symptoms of Depression; studies show how massage therapy can ease depression.
Research Exclusive: Aromatherapy Massage Eases Depressive Symptoms; studies show that Swedish massage coupled with aromatherapy eases depression.

Massage Benefits Depressed Pregnant Women; a detailed article about how massage helps ease the depressions of pregnant women.
Massage Therapy Benefits Depressed Pregnant Women and Newborns;not only is massage good for the mother, but also for the child.

In the two last articles, the partners had been instructed by professional massage therapists how to give their pregnant partner a massage.

This does show how important touch is for our well-being and health, even if the touch isn’t professional. A caring touch with the intention of comfort, easing pain and facilitate healing can make a world of difference for someone feeling down.

Next time you feel blue, let someone touch and nurture you. You will feel better.

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About Pia Poulsen

Pia Poulsen is educated as a wellness massage therapist at Institut FIGARI in Paris, from where she passed her certification exam in January 2008. Since then she has expanded her skills to become the first Advanced LaStone® practitioner in France as well as a certified LaStone® instructor.


2 Responses to “Massage eases depression”

  1. Hi Pia,
    It does my heart good to see such wonderful content being written about the field of wellness and fitness.
    Keep up the super work.

    Posted by Paul | Sunday 7 August, 2011, 04:11
    • Thank you Paul. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you have any suggestions for topics I can cover.


      Posted by Pia | Tuesday 16 August, 2011, 12:03