Depression affects millions of people around the world. It is a hard disease to understand because there are many reasons why it happens, and so many different views on how it should be treated.
There are a number of stressful issues that can trigger this illness:
Although massage is not even considered an alternative treatment, perhaps it should be viewed as a healing therapy for those who suffer with this disease. Sure massage makes you feel good, but can it affect your mood? Massage has been proven to decrease anxiety and stress hormones.
Massage is just one of many treatments that fall into the alternative remedies category. Although, there are no studies that prove that massage can actually treat this disease or decrease symptoms, many people report an overall feeling of well-being and peacefulness after massage.
Some people do report a decrease in the symptoms of mood swings and sadness. Perhaps, it is the feeling of doing something good for yourself. We have become so focused on taking care of everybody else that we don't take care of us, as if we are not worthy of the right to put ourselves first.
Committing to your health and well-being is extremely important. If you can't do something nice for yourself, sadness just might consume you.
Trusting Your Massage Therapist
We know that massage reduces stress and provides relaxation, but studies show it can also help us to create a trusting relationship with a professional massage practitioner, thereby causing the body to release Oxytocin, the "trust" hormone.
Trust is a rare thing to experience when you first meet someone. But, if you think about it, in a massage you can fall into a very deep sleep with someone you have never met before in your life. How can you trust someone that you just met to such an extent that you can sleep, and sleep deeply, in their presence?
Touch is a powerful thing. It is a gift that few people possess.
Who knows, massage might just be the key that researchers will one day attribute to a natural, alternative way to lessen the symptoms of this disease.
Essential Oils for Depression
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to help with worry and stress. Certain scents tend to lift our spirits and make use less anxious. Among these are the essential oil fragrances of lemon, orange, rosemary, and eucalyptus - all tend to evoke a brighter outlook and a calmer spirit.
Essential oil benefits have been studied in many clinical settings to learn their effects on the human body, specifically their effects on those with depression.
According to a 2014 study from The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the effects of essential oil and aromatherapy on mood showed significant improvement.
My favorite is Joy, which is a blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang,
Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile,
Palmarosa, and Rose oils. All citrus oils are also wonderful and
uplifting, such as lemon, orange, tangerine, and citrus fresh. My
favorite diffuser combo is Joy and Orange.
Another oil I recommend is Gratitude. Sometimes when we are sad, it is a struggle to feel grateful. Rub a drop of your Gratitude oil in the palms of your hands and cup them over your nose. Breathe in and thank God for all the blessings he has bestowed upon you.
Call them out one by
one. As you remember how faithful he has been, you will be encouraged,
and your faith will be increased. Grounding and Frankincense oils are
both fantastic for emotional balance and spiritual grounding.
This DVD, Therapeutic Massage with Essential Oils DVD teaches about how to incorporate therapeutic essential oils into a massage session, helping the client truly relax, releasing stress and worry, and easing fear.
Wouldn't it be great if massage therapy and essential oils could one day actually be proven to make a significant difference for those who suffer from this disorder?