Do You Suffer From Anxiety, Depression or Other Mental Health Issues?
Taking care of your mental health is such an important part of your overal health and wellbeing, that can often be overlooked.
Suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression or other mental health issues can make it hard to tackle the day to day requirements of life. The symptoms can vary from person to person however mental illness can be treated.
Seeking professional help via your general practitioner (GP) is the first important step. They can help you make a plan to improve your condition or help you live well despite ongoing symptoms.
Whether you are looking to actively treat the symptoms of a diagnosed illess, or just want to take the time to recharge your mind, there are also a range of complementary therapies that can help. These can include floatation therapy, sauna and massage, all of which we can help you with at Urban Recharge.
How Can We Help?
Float therapy is also know as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). This means you are floating in a pod with no lights, no sound and no temperature variations so you have no external stimulation and it allows your mind to slow down and enter a meditative state.
Dr. Justin Feinstein who runs the Float Clinic and Research Center has done numerous studies on float therapy. One study conducted with 50 patients showed that an hour of float therapy can provide significant short-term relief from symptoms of stress and anxiety across a range of different conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
During a massage with moderate pressure, receptors in the skin are stimulated which send signals to our brain. These signals have been shown to reduce the secretion of stress hormones, as well as encouraging the production of natural anti-depressant hormones such as serotonin and dopamine.
Massage has also been shown to increase vagal nerve activity, which can typically be low in depressed individuals. When the vagus nerve is stimulated, stress hormone levels reduce, the heart rate slows and our bodies become more relaxed
If you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression it may be worth trying a massage.
Several studies have shown that regular sauna use lowers levels of cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone and can reduce both state and trait anxiety.
Other research has shown that sweating increases relaxation, and reduces feelings of frustration and anxiety.
In a randomized, double-blind study of 30 adults diagnosed with depression, participants who were exposed to a single sauna session experienced an acute anti-depressant effect that was apparent within a week of treatment and persisted for six weeks after treatment.