Due in large part to the lack of social connectivity during the pandemic, nearly three times more Americans — a whopping 25% overall — are experiencing symptoms of depression. In general, limited in-person contact boosts stress levels, while loneliness increases the risk of high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, a weakened immune system and several other health problems. In a pandemic, these issues are compounded even more.
“We are people who need people,” says Adriane Kruer, a Los Angeles-based psychologist. “We’re all kind of in a heightened trauma state. It’s really key for us to notice that and take excellent care of ourselves.”
Many people used to accomplish that by hitting a spa to get a massage, which not only relaxes the body, but can also ease anxiety while providing receivers a sense they’re being cared for and connected with.
Kruer advocates for massage in these trying times, saying, “Anything that