Massage Therapy Helps Promote Positive Body Image
A study revealed that Swedish massages reduced anxiety/depression in bulimic and anorexic teens
Eating disorders have been plaguing the society, with anorexia and bulimia leading the trend. Both disorders have their own treatment concerns, criteria and issues. Anorexia lies in the belief that achieving a thin body leads to a better life. On the other hand, bulimia comprises the pattern of binging and purging, which is often used to cope during times of stress.
Anorexics frequently become severely underweight, while bulimics are able to maintain a normal weight most of the time. The main factor drawing a line between the two is impulsivity. Many anorexics are driven by having control over what they eat. Meanwhile, acting on impulse causes binging and purging for bulimics. It is not peculiar to discover both diagnoses, and it is essential to note that both conditions may not show some physical symptoms.
Massage therapy providers may discover significance in learning more about supporting clients with body image differences. Nearly half a million teens struggle with eating disorders, as per recent study. The findings revealed that these eating disorders normally start with adolescents ages 12 and 13, but are most commonly found in the late teenage years and progresses into adulthood.
Eating disorders usually have a number of contributing factors, which include difficult relationships with family or friends, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, stress or feelings of losing control, loss, and grief. Generally, such conditions are related to emotional issues such as self-esteem and control.
Massage therapy providers may discover significance in learning more about supporting clients with body image differences. Nurturing touch and massage have been treated as a form of treatment for those suffering from eating disorders. In the previous years, it has been recognized when body boundaries have not been consistently outlined by touch, caress and secure holding, individuals in later life see their bodies as disproportionate, misshapen and overly large. Research results imply that touching and hugging play an important role in the development of body image, especially among females.
A research on anorexia nervosa focused on nineteen women who either received standard treatment or standard treatment plus massage therapy a twice a week for five weeks. The participants received standard 30-minute full body Swedish massages. The massage group reported lower stress and anxiety levels, and also had lower cortisol (stress) hormone levels after the massage. The group also disclosed decreases in body dissatisfaction on the Eating Disorder Inventory and showed increased dopamine and norepinephrine levels over the five-week treatment period.
A similar study, which involved 24 bulimic, adolescent females were randomly assigned into either a massage therapy or control group. The massage therapy group received massages for two days a week for five days, as administered by massage therapists. The participants remained fully clothed and were massaged on various parts of their bodies for 15 minutes in the supine position, and 15 minutes in the prone position. Research findings illustrated an immediate reduction in anxiety or depression. Study outcomes showed they had lower depression scores, lower cortisol levels and higher dopamine levels by the last day of the therapy.
About ASIS Massage Education
ASIS Massage Education is a proudly accredited TruMantra School, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training, licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education, approved by the National Certification Board for Massage and Bodywork, licensed by the Arizona State Board of Chiropractic, and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals.
Asis Massage Education
This is a press release. Press release distribution and press release services by EmailWire.Com: http://www.emailwire.com/us-press-release-distribution.php.