Spa to help depression

Touch therapy for depression by Beata Aleksandrowicz, founder of Pure Massage Spa Training Method.

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Massage can make a big change for people who suffer from depression. Physiologically it will balance the hormonal system which is most important, as often the stress hormone cortisol is very high and it's proven that massage can reduce the level of cortisol to up 50%. It will also boost serotonin (the happy hormone) to bring the body to its natural state of balance.

With depression, the posture changes and the skeletal and muscular system tries to compensate. Massage helps the body to relax and releases muscular tension. Massage will help to increase breathing, oxygenating the body and supplying vital nutrients. It helps to stimulate the body which is often in a stagnant state.

The human touch aspect of massage is often overlooked and under-valued. As depression sometimes occurs as a result of feeling alienated, separated and lonely, massage helps to heal with the power of touch. Many people struggle in life with carrying "too much", massage provides this basic element of touch and with this comes compassion, understanding and connection. 

The type of massage required should be discussed individually with client and therapist. Some may need stimulation and awakening. Others feeling emotional pain may need cocooning and gentle touch therapy to help ease this.

In both cases however, the therapist must be wholly aware of the situation. They must be present in the moment to help their client who is going through extremely difficult challenging phase. Only this way can the treatment truly personalised to meet the needs of the client. 

In terms of enhancing the treatment results, a blend of bergamot and lavender is recommended both in a massage oil and to diffuse in the room. During the day bergamot will stimulate and enhance the mood whilst lavender will soothe and relax at night. 

About Beata

Beata Aleksandrowicz is an expert on massage and the creator of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method® which provides spas worldwide with advanced training in a modern concept of massage. Beata is a powerful advocate on educating people about the important of touch, massage and spiritual growth.

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