By: Andrea Stein
I recently came across this article which explains the effects of stress on our brains, you know that fog we go into where its difficult to function or put two thoughts together, let alone get something productive done. Well, turns out Massage Therapy has proven benefits!
Stress Shrinks the Brain
by Massage Magazine 8/15/12
Numerous research studies have shown that massage therapy relaxes the autonomic nervous system, reduces blood pressure, reduces depression and boosts immune-system function—so it's no wonder so many clients seek out massage therapy for stress relief.
In a new, unrelated study, researchers set out to determine how stress and depression shrink the brain.
"Major depression or chronic stress can cause the loss of brain volume, a condition that contributes to both emotional and cognitive impairment," noted a press release from Yale University, where the research was conducted. "Now a team of researchers ...has discovered one reason why this occurs: a single genetic switch that triggers loss of brain connections in humans and depression in animal models."
The findings show that the genetic switch known as a transcription factor
represses the expression of several genes that are necessary for the formation of synaptic connections between brain cells, which in turn could contribute to loss of brain mass in the prefrontal cortex, the press release noted. "We wanted to test the idea that stress causes a loss of brain synapses in humans," said senior author Ronald Duman, the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology and of pharmacology. "We show that circuits normally involved in emotion, as well as cognition, are disrupted when this single transcription factor is activated."
The findings were reported in the Aug. 12 issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
So the next time you wonder whether you should splurge on a Massage, remember that your Health and Well-being are involved. It really is Therapy!
So Indulge...In your Health! www.andreas-skincare-bodytherapy.com
Andrea Stein has been in the Beauty, Health and Wellness industry for over 38 years. She is the owner of Andrea's Skin Care & Body Therapy, a practicing Certified Aesthetician and Massage Therapist. Her goal is to provide memorable spa experiences that are relaxing and rejuvenating while achieving results that you will both see and feel.