Massage therapy could cut mental health problems in the UK by 10%

Evidence has demonstrated that massage helps relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems – by lack of access and out-dated perceptions are holding back uptake in the UK. The Massage Company is improving access and availability of high-quality massage as a complementary mental health therapy.

Introducing touch and massage therapy to the UK’s regular health service could reduce mental health problems by more than 10% and cut the number of sick days taken across the UK by 1.76 million, according to a recent report from the British Beauty Council.

Yet while a growing body of research supports the role of massage in relieving depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, it’s often overlooked as a therapy in the UK due to lack of access and, in part, out-dated perceptions of the massage industry.  The Massage Company is on a mission to change this, making regular, high quality massage accessible as a complementary mental health therapy through their unique subscription service.

How massage impacts mental health

Numerous studies by The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami have found that massage therapy effectively reduces symptoms associated with mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression and stress.  

By stimulating the release of natural endorphins such as cortisol that regulate mood, massage can reduce stress and aid relaxation. It also increases blood circulation and the release of oxygen from blood into the muscles, which helps to increase energy and leaves you feeling refreshed.  

With 1 in 6 people experiencing mental health problems in any given week in England (according to a report by leading UK-based mental health charity Mind) access to complementary therapies like massage are crucial to helping the British public address their mental wellbeing. With convenient locations, friendly staff and centres that are open seven days a week, The Massage Company is enabling people across the UK to make massage therapy part of their regular self-care routine and boosting mental wellbeing.  

The Massage Company’s founder, Charlie Thompson, comments: “Our data shows an increasing number of our members and customers are seeking out massage therapy for mental health, both as a complementary therapy to relieve symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and stress, and as a proactive step towards boosting overall mental health. As the UK leaves lockdown, it’s clear from the data that people are prioritising their mental health perhaps more than ever before. We hope that by bringing accessible, regular massage to the high street, we are helping people to make positive lifestyle changes that allow them to focus on their mental wellbeing.”