STAVE OFF THE WINTER BLUES WITH MASSAGE THERAPY

There is no escaping the truth; winter is coming around again. The days are going to get shorter and sweaters are going to have to come out of the wardrobe. It’s not unusual for people to get the “winter blues”- which is a condition many people in the northern hemisphere are afflicted with due to the lack of sunlight during the colder and darker winter months.

The good news for everyone is that massage therapy can help increase health happiness for everyone during the cooler months of the year. Here a few reasons why..

Massage May Help to Banish Seasonal Affective Disorder  As we’ve 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 seratonin that improves our mood. When there’s less sunlight, less seratonin is produced, which can leas to low mood, lethargy, and difficulties getting out of bed in the morning.  In some people it can even cause serious depression enough to warrent visiting a doctor.  It’s not a happy place to be, but the good news is that booking in a regular massage can help to lift a low mood.  A regular massage session will help to relax stressed mind, and bodies, as well as releasing the seratonin and endorphins, the same chemicals produced by the body when your happy.

It Can Give Your Circulation A Boost  Massage therapy may also help boost circulation during a time of the year when nobody wants to get up and go outside for a run. Everybody knows that getting regular exercise helps keep circulation running smoothly, and also gets the oxygenated blood pumped around our bodies faster. This is all very well, but lack of movement in the winter months can result in feeling sluggish, while poor circulation can lead to lethargy, aches and pains. Here’s where a massage has extra benefits; it can help blood pass through any congested areas and boosts overall flow, which also helps the lymphatic system to remove waste that builds up.  At the same time, massage is well known to help decrease blood pressure.

It May Help Your Body to Fight Off Minor Infections.  For anybody that’s prone to suffereing from colds and infections during the winter season, massage might be the way forward. It’s been found that massage sessions can boost the effectiveness of the immune system, helping to fight off the bugs and viruses that circulate in the offices, shops, and schools at this time. (except COVID19 ) A gentle massage of the area around the lymph nodes also encourages white blood cells to circulate, and as this increases blood flow it also 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 the winter.  Of course, there’s also the feel-good aspect of a warmiong hot stone massage, delicious aromatic massage oils and even just the act of taking time out to look after yourself when you need it.

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