Why massage therapy is good for your mental health

Why massage therapy is good for your mental health

Massage therapy is increasingly becoming one of many of alternative or complementary therapies in mainstream treatment plans. You can get a massage at a clinic, hospital, airport, your home (thanks to Sasaki’s massage chairs) and, if you're lucky, at your workplace – such as businesses like Childrensalon who have purchased a Sasaki massage chair for their employees to use at work. Massage feels wonderful, but more importantly, it is great for your physical health, your mental health, and your overall sense of wellbeing.

The health benefits of massage therapy

A meta-analysis of 17 clinical studies found a significant reduction in depressive symptoms after taking part in a massage therapy program. According to the authors, all the studies analysed found that massage produced significant antidepressant effects.

The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami has conducted numerous studies concerning massage and mental health. The results include findings that massage therapy effectively reduces symptoms associated with:

Anorexia Nervosa

Anxiety

Depression

Stress

Other mental health conditions

Massage therapy is also widely used as a complementary treatment for digestive disorders, headaches, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, as well as a wide range of other conditions.

While these studies refer to touch massage by a masseuse, the findings also apply to Sasaki’s massage chairs. Our intelligent massage chairs incorporate traditional massage techniques with cutting edge technology, including features which very closely mimic the hands and techniques of a masseuse and, therefore, produce similar effects - and sometimes even a better massage because of the high level of technology used and areas that the chair’s mechanisms are able to reach. Our massage chairs also have features like customisable lighting, a Bluetooth music feature so you can play your favourite relaxing sounds, as well as being able to adjust your chair and massage length and techniques to suit your specific needs.

How massage therapy benefits your mind and body

Although researchers don't know exactly why massage therapy has a positive effect on depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, it is believed that it reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. It also lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and it increases serotonin and oxytocin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in stabilizing your mood and promoting sleep. Oxytocin has anti-anxiety effects and promotes feelings of relaxation and psychological stability.

Additionally, it’s widely known that stress reduction goes a long way toward improving your overall physical and mental health and well-being. Stress plays a role in many health conditions, including addiction, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hypertension and heart disease.

Again, while these conclusions refer to touch massage specifically, Sasaki’s massage chairs are highly advanced and produce many of the same effects, such as lowering your blood pressure, improving circulation, providing deep relaxation, reducing aches and pains and lowering stress.

Types of massage therapy for improved mental health

The best types of massage for relaxation and optimum mental health benefits include:

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage eases tension and improves circulation. It utilises long strokes, kneading, tapping and stretching – these are all techniques applied by our intelligent massage chairs.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage focuses on acupressure points to improve the flow of energy through the body. It utilises rhythmic pressure on certain parts of the body. Sasaki’s 4, 5, 9 and all 10 Series massage chairs use excellent technology to simulate shiatsu massage.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage involves placing warm stones on certain parts of the body to transmit heat deep inside to soothe and relax. Many of Sasaki’s massage chairs feature Far Infrared Heat Therapy which is similarly used to soothe and relax. You can learn more about the benefits of Far Infrared Heat Therapy in our massage chairs HERE

If you think an intelligent massage chair in your home could really benefit your physical and mental health, you can take a closer look at our massage chairs HERE

You can also try our massage chairs in our showroom and speak to our knowledgeable and friendly team by booking an appointment HERE