7. Alleviation of Depression
If you suffer from serious depression or have thoughts of self-harm, you should seek the services of a therapist or psychiatrist. But if you’re suffering from a mild case of “the blues,” massage therapy may be able to help.
Besides being associated with harmful abdominal fat, high levels of cortisol may also result in feelings of depression. Merely receiving care and attention in the form of physical touch lowers your body’s levels of stress and cortisol, thereby relieving mild symptoms of depression.