By 2030, anxiety/depression will be the #1 health issue in the United States. In today’s day and age, everything is focused around wellness and your mental wellbeing is a priority. Just as you would treat any other part of your body, you must not neglect your brain.

Thankfully, a trip to the spa–no matter which treatment you choose to receive — can have healing powers beyond your recognition. And no, we are not just talking about services such as reiki and crystal healing! There are many different treatments which can reduce your depression, anxiety and overall stress.

Ahead are the ultimate mental-boosting massages that will have you feeling noticeably better:

Swedish Massage

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Say bye to the stress hormone of your body – good ol’ cortisol.  One of the most popular types of massages — the Swedish Massage will lower your cortisol levels in your body and increase your white blood cell count.

Hot Stone Massage

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The hot stones on your back make this massage especially therapeutic, easing away chronic pain. You’ll also be amazed at how much you better you fall asleep.

Aromatherapy Massage

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There are many scents and essential oils (lavender, rose, chamomile, etc.) that target anxiety and have been proven to decrease symptoms significantly. Aromatherapy massages involve the masseuse using these warm oils in your massage. It’s a soothing experience that not only feels good but smells good too!

Even if you aren’t suffering from anxiety, depression or any kind of stress, these three massages will help you feel more balanced and grounded again. You might think stress isn’t a big deal, and may think, “Oh it will go away eventually,” but the effects any mental issue has on you can be damaging. In extreme cases, teeth can decay, your appetite will diminish, weight loss is prevalent, your eating habits worse, etc.

So don’t let stress get the best of you. A simple massage may seem like a small step, but it’s a step that overtime, can lead to life-changing results. Let us know which massage you wind up getting in the comments below and how it changed your day/life!

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