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New Research: Massage Shown to Improve Mood & Elevate Energy Levels

People looking to fend off the winter blues may find relief by integrating massage therapy into their health maintenance routine. Shorter days and colder temperatures leave many Americans feeling depressed and lethargic, yet studies show that regular massages improve mood and reset circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep and more energy.

“As we approach the colder, darker months, massage therapy may be an effective method of deflecting common seasonal challenges,” said Jeff Smoot, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Massage benefits the way our bodies react to negative influences, whether that’s weather, anxieties or disorders.”

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Massage Therapy for Anxiety & Depression
A growing body of research is documenting the impact of massage therapy for relief of anxiety and depression for people in a wide range of health situations. For example, in a controlled study composed of HIV-positive adolescents, participants who received massage therapy reported feeling less anxious and less depressed by the end of the 12-week study.

A randomized study found women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer benefited from regular massage therapy sessions. The immediate massage benefits included reduced anxiety, depressed mood and anger while the long-term impact reduced depression and increased serotonin values. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter with functions in various parts of the body, works to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning.

Massage therapy was also found to improve sleep, specifically by assisting with circadian rhythms, or the body clock. A study investigating the effects of massage therapy on the adjustment of rest to activity, as well as melatonin secretion rhythms in full-term infants, found massage therapy enhanced coordination of the circadian system.

Read the full Research on AMTA>>
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Cranial Sacral Weekend Nov 6-8th

We are excited to have Diane Charron back to teach her specialty Cranial Sacral Theory.   Class is 20 hours and $320  Friday night 6-10 PM and Sat - Sun  9-6 each day. 

Cranial Sacral is a wonderful relaxing practice to add to any massage or stand alone.  You'll  study the anatomy and physiology of the cranium, spinal column, dural tube and cerebrospinal fluid and some terminology associated with the craniosacral system. You'll  learn and practice  palpation skills necessary for manipulation of the craniosacral rhythm, practice assessment of our clients and complete a whole body craniosacral session. 

Cranial Sacral Course
2:31 pm

Saturday Clinic OPEN 10-3 PM Oct 24

Work all week and need a break?  Visit our Student Clinic this Saturday October 24th  10-3 PM.  Call Today for an appointment! 760.321.9214