A meta-analysis of seventeen clinical studies found a significant reduction in the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions following engagement in massage therapy. Although researchers don't know exactly why massage therapy has such marked benefits for depression, anxiety and other issues, it's believed that it reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and increases serotonin and oxytocin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in stabilizing your mood and promoting sleep, while oxytocin has anti-anxiety effects and promotes feelings of relaxation, trust and psychological stability. Experts also believe that massage produces feelings of comfort and connection as a result of caring physical contact.

Because of the overwhelming research that supports the mental health benefits of massage therapy, TVPC is pleased to have partnered with a local licensed massage therapist and medical massage practitioner in order to provide a beneficial wellness package at a reduced cost! The rate is only $60.00 and includes a 50 minute counseling session followed by a 30 minute relaxation massage. To schedule an appointment, please click the button below and select the "Wellness Package" option. It is currently only offered on Mondays at our Decatur, Alabama location with a limited amount of appointments available. Please contact our office if you have any questions about this special offer.

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