Defeat Depression with Massage

Taking time for massage is as important for people dealing with depression as it is for people dealing with arthritis, sports injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. WebMD reviewed more than a dozen studies that revealed how massage can fight depression by lowering cortisol levels.

Cortisol is the body’s response to stress, and massage therapy lowers it by as much as 50%. At the same time, massage also can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are both neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood.

Results of Massage

The International Journal of Neuroscience studied a group of people with spinal cord injuries who were also suffering from depression. Twice a week for five weeks, half the patients received two 40-minute sessions of motion exercises while the other half received two 40-minute massages.

Both groups improved their physical abilities during that time, but the people who received massage therapy also became less depressed. So even while exercise has long been accepted as a means of combating depression, massage not only provides additional benefits but can also relieve stiffness and soreness resulting from physical exercise.

Commitment to Well-Being

Sometimes it can be difficult to make time for taking care of yourself, but scheduling appointments allows you to find an effective way to budget your time, your money, and focus on the attention to your wellness. Ongoing massage therapy promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness, which reinforces a positive attitude.

Reserving some specific time for a professional massage, customized to address your personal needs, makes it easier to remember that you deserve to feel good and that you’re taking important steps to make it happen.

Widdoss Therapeutic Massage is here to help!  Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 to schedule your appointment with one of our professional therapists.

Massage and Sleep – the perfect combination!

Quality sleep is vital to health and wellness.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

“Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health. Notably, insufficient sleep is associated with the onset of these diseases and also poses important implications for their management and outcome. Moreover, insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year. In short, drowsy driving can be as dangerous—and preventable—as driving while intoxicated.”

It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health.

Research is indicating that massage can improve sleep in:

  • children and adolescents
  • those with psychiatric disorders
  • those who are hospitalized or institutionalized
  • those with lower back pain
  • adults
  • those with cerebral palsy
  • those with fibromyalgia
  • those with insominia
  • those in pain
  • those with hand pain
  • those with cancer
  • infants
  • infants with dyssomnia
  • those who have had heart surgery
  • those with breast disease
  • those with migraines
  • caretakers of hospitalized individuals
  • the elderly

Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 and experience a massage from one of our professional licensed massage therapist or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you.

Couple’s Massage for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?  We can help you with that!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show that special someone how much you loved them. The healing power of human touch through the technique of regular massage has proven to lower stress, alleviate pain, improve mood and increase overall wellness.

Massage therapy is known to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase the production of “relaxing hormones” such as oxytocin in men and serotonin in women.

We see so many more people coming into our massage office around Valentine’s Day because they want to treat themselves or their significant other to a relaxing massage experience, massage is the perfect gift!  It boosts your mood and benefits your body.

A shared massage experience is another way to strengthen the bonds between couples. More couples have become Couples Massage because it allows them to share the experience with a loving partner.

Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 to schedule your appointment for a Couple’s Massage or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you.

Seasonal Depression and Massage

Did you know that 10-15 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression brought on by winter’s darker days? In addition to depression, SAD can cause fatigue, irritability, erratic appetite and sleep, loss of libido, and a weakened immune system. Fortunately, SAD is often treatable through a combination of therapies and lifestyle changes, including massage therapy, which has been proven to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, hormones responsible for mood elevation and improved appetite and sleep.

A recent study found that the sense of sight is trumped by the sense of touch in people suffering from depression.   As reported by science writer Jena Pincott, he concluded that touching and being touched are restorative because they signal the presence of a protector.

Contrary to common thoughts and beliefs, massage therapy is a healthy and affordable complement to traditional medicine.  The cumulative benefits of monthly massages for treating the winter blues and the more serious SAD can be combated because the massage releases endorphin and elevates energy boosts all while lowering of cortisol levels.  Regularly spending 60-90 minutes of uninterrupted time with a professional who is supportive and comforting may be the answer to many types of depression.

Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 and we will schedule a therapeutic massage with one professional licensed therapists, or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you.

Massage and Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is approaching and many people explore the idea of giving the gift of massage or scheduling a Couple’s Massage.  Did you know that massage therapy is beneficial in various ways and is no longer only available in upscale health clubs or luxury spas?  The Mayo Clinic notes that while more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, it may be helpful for a variety of health ailments.

In addition to easing sore muscles, reducing joint pain and helping soft tissue strains or injuries, massage can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and calm feelings of stress. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lift spirits and can often lower blood pressure. Massage also may help to boost the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with depression.

According to Health magazine, massage also can help promote healthy sleep. It has something to do with the effect of massage on delta waves, which are the brain waves connected to deep sleep. There is some evidence that massage can also increase white blood cell counts, promoting improved immunity.

Many people rely on massages to relieve pain. According to a report published in 2011 in the American College of Physicians’ massage helps people in pain feel and function better than those who do not receive treatment. Massage can alleviate stiffness and pain and promote a better range of motion. And pain relief is not just for the back, arms and legs. Massage can reduce risk for migraines and decrease pain from tension headaches.

Massage even has beauty benefits. Rubbing the face and scalp can promote blood flow and encourage lymphatic drainage. This can add vitality to the complexion and plump up the skin. Dull hair may appear more shiny and revitalized.

People can explore different types of massage and experiment with what works best for their ailments. Everything from Swedish massage to reflexology is offered at Widdoss Therapeutic Massage.

The gift of a massage session can be romantic and improve one’s overall health – give us a call today at 205-394-5900 or visit our website at

Feeling Stressed – benefits of massage

Feeling stressed after a long day of work? Head to Widdoss Therapeutic Massage for a massage!  Here are some of the amazing benefits massage has to offer:

Boosts energy: A massage therapy can help reduce your fatigue by eliminating blockages in the body’s meridians or invisible energy lines. It also helps to increase mental alertness.

Boosts immunity: Massage therapies increase the response of lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell, which improves the body’s resistance to diseases.

Relaxes body: Going in for a body massage helps relieve pain by healing damaged muscle tissues. It improves blood circulation leading to increased supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the muscles.

Reduces anxiety: Massage therapies reduce anxiety by lowering levels of the stress-hormone, cortisol and increasing levels of serotonin, the happiness hormone in the body. They are also effective in lowering blood pressure.

De-toxify your body: Sweat is essential for the skin to eliminate toxins. Going in for spa therapies like body wraps promote sweating, which detoxifies the body and restores metabolism to its normal state.

For a glowing skin: If you are attending a wedding, make sure you head for a massage prior to the function. Spa therapies like facials and body polishes uses gentle exfoliation techniques to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth which gives you healthy, glowing skin.

Anti-aging properties: Body wraps and anti-aging facials firm up loose skin and treat the unsightly appearance of cellulite, revealing younger-looking skin.

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