Stave Off Winter Blues with Massage Therapy
There’s no escaping the truth; winter is coming around again. The days are going to start getting shorter than usual. And the sweaters are going to have to go out of the wardrobe. It’s not unusual for people to get the ‘winter blues.’ Several people from the northern hemisphere suffer from this condition. This condition is due to the lack of sunlight during the colder and darker winter months. The question is, how can we stave off winter blues with massage therapy?
The good news for everyone is that massage therapy can help increase health happiness during the year’s cooler months. Here are a few reasons why.
Massage May Help to Banish Seasonal Affective Disorder
As mentioned, Seasonal Affective Disorder – sometimes known as the winter blues – is a problem for many people when there’s less natural sunlight. This is because sunlight causes the brain to release a feel-good chemical called serotonin that improves our mood. When there’s less sunlight, less serotonin is produced by our body. Less serotonin can lead to low mood, lethargy, and difficulties getting out of bed in the morning. In some people, it can even cause severe depression enough to warrant visiting a doctor. It’s not a happy place, but booking a regular massage can lift a low mood. A regular massage session will help to relax stressed minds and bodies. It also helps release serotonin and endorphins, the same chemicals produced by the body when you’re happy.
Massage Therapy Can Give Your Circulation A Boost
Massage therapy may also help boost circulation during the year when nobody wants to get up and go outside for a run. Everybody knows that getting regular exercise helps keep the circulation running smoothly. Regular exercise also receives the oxygenated blood pumped around our bodies faster. This is all very well, but a lack of movement in the winter months can feel sluggish, while poor circulation can lead to lethargy, aches, and pains. Here’s where a massage has extra benefits. It can help the blood to pass through any congested areas and boosts overall flow. Regular massage also helps the lymphatic system to remove waste that builds up. At the same time, massage also helps decrease blood pressure.
Massage Therapy Helps Your Body to Fight Off Minor Infections
Massage might be the way forward for anybody prone to suffering from colds and infections during the winter season. We all know that massage sessions can help to boost the effectiveness of the immune system. A great immune system helps fight off the bugs and viruses circulating in offices, shops, and schools at this time of year. A gentle massage of the area around the lymph nodes also encourages white blood cells to circulate. This increases blood flow and stimulates the white blood cells to start fighting any infection in your body.
These are just a few of the many benefits that massage therapy can bring during winter. Of course, there’s also the feel-good aspect of a warming hot stone massage, delicious aromatic massage oils, and even just the act of taking time out to look after yourself when you need it. Are you ready to take action? Call us or book online now to stave off that winter blues with massage therapy.
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