Massage Therapy and Obesity

MASSAGE THERAPY AND OBESITY

Obesity has become an epidemic in American society, in fact, according to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention “now more than 72 million adults in the United States are obese.”1  Many Americans are in need of a healthy intervention and regular massages may be able to help decrease the numbers of obese Americans. 

A Rhode Island Hospital study indicates that “obese individuals with social anxiety related only to their weight may experience anxiety as severe as individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD).”1  This is a cyclical problem as those experiencing social anxiety as a result of their weight will continue to use food as an escape.  Massage therapy is widely known to decrease stress and depression and increase sense of well-being and good mood. The new stress-free outlook that may be forged as a result of regular massage therapy sessions therefore has the ability to help stop the cycle of anxiety and excessive eating.  For more information on our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu or to schedule a learn about our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.

1http://www.massagemag.com/News/massage-news.php?id=10785&catid=1&title=massage-might-help-obese-clients-with-modified-social-anxiety-disorder