Hello and welcome to Sense's special blog post commemorating Mental Health Month. This October, we pay tribute to a cause very close to our hearts - mental health. Within this special month, we also observe World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October, a day dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues around the globe. At Sense, we firmly believe in the therapeutic benefits of massage and wellness activities for mental health, and this month, we'll delve into how these therapies can contribute to our mental well-being.
Understanding Mental Health
Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, affecting how we think, feel, and act. It influences our ability to handle stress, relate to others, and make decisions. From common conditions like anxiety and depression to less prevalent disorders like schizophrenia, mental health conditions are a reality for millions worldwide.
Despite these figures, a stigma still persists around mental health, often deterring people from seeking help. The goal of Mental Health Month, and World Mental Health Day, is to break this stigma and normalise conversations about mental health.
How Massage Can Benefit Mental Health
Massage therapy has long been associated with relaxation and stress relief, but did you know that it can also provide significant benefits for mental health?
Numerous studies highlight massage therapy's effectiveness in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. By lowering the body's cortisol (stress hormone) levels and boosting serotonin and dopamine (feel-good hormones), massage can help to create a sense of calm and wellbeing.
We've seen firsthand how regular massage can make a difference in our clients' lives. Our clients often tell us how much more relaxed and balanced they feel after their sessions, and how this feeling of serenity spills over into other areas of their lives.
World Mental Health Day (10th October)
World Mental Health Day, observed every year on the 10th of October, is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. This day is an opportunity for us all to unite in our efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world.
Sense's Observance of Mental Health Month
To honour Mental Health Month, we at Sense have a series of special events and activities planned. We're offering Mindfulness sessions focused on promoting good mental health and reducing stress.
Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health
While Mental Health Month is a special observance, we believe mental health is something to be nurtured all year round. Regular self-care, maintaining a balanced diet, staying active, getting enough sleep, and regular relaxation techniques like massage, can all contribute to maintaining good mental health.
Mental Health Month and World Mental Health Day are crucial for raising awareness and eradicating the stigma around mental health. At Sense, we're proud to be part of this global conversation and we encourage everyone to prioritise their mental health. Why not schedule a soothing massage this October, or book a Mindfulness session for your team? Remember, when it comes to mental health, every bit of self-care counts.
There are numerous studies that provide evidence on how massage therapy can help alleviate stress. Here are just a few key studies, their findings, and the sources:
- Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy
- The study found that cortisol (a stress hormone) levels decreased following massage therapy, while levels of serotonin and dopamine (hormones associated with happiness and wellbeing) increased.
- Source: Int J Neurosci. 2005 Oct;115(10):1397-413. Source
- This study revealed that therapeutic massage significantly reduced acute episodes in patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
- Source: Depress Anxiety. 2010 May;27(5):441-50. Source
- This meta-analysis concluded that massage therapy is effective in reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in individuals with various types of chronic pain, which is often associated with long-term stress.
- Source: Pain Med. 2016 Jul;17(7):1278-1288. Source
These studies, among others, provide scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of massage therapy in stress reduction. It's important to note that while massage therapy can be an effective tool for managing stress, it should not replace traditional medical treatment when dealing with severe or chronic stress conditions. As always, it's best to consult with a healthcare provider for any health concerns.