Anxiety and depression are at record high levels. Fortunately, the positive effects of massage on these mood disorders is well documented and consistently supported by research. In this class, you’ll learn about the various types of depression and anxiety disorders. In addition to reviewing some of the pathophysiology and contributing factors to mental health and mood-related conditions, you’ll find out about conventional treatment options and, of particular relevance to us, how massage therapy can have the most positive impact for clients who live with these challenges.
Ruth Werner is a retired massage therapist, writer, and educator with a passionate interest in massage research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health issues. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998. She writes for Massage and Bodywork magazine and teaches across the USA. She has served on committees for the Utah Department of Public Licensing, the AMTA, NCBTMB, and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. In 2005 she was selected for the AMTA Teacher of the Year Award.