Shorter days and cold temperatures can leave many of us feeling tired, moody, and give us the general blahs. Here are a few ways that massage therapy can help improve your health this winter!
WINTER BLUES (S.A.D.)
We need to be aware of our psychological wellness in order to stay happy and unstressed. Receiving regular massage during the winter months will help uplift your mood and energize you! Massage can improve your circadian rhythms, bringing more restful sleep. It also increases serotonin and dopamine production, reduce seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, depression, and the blues.
Massage therapy boosts your immune system by increasing lymph flow which fights off infections and bacteria. This is especially helpful during cold and flu season!
Cold temperature causes the blood vessels to constrict. This can increase your blood pressure by decreasing blood circulation. This can trigger aches, arthritis, and other discomforts. Regular massage helps circulation, naturally lowering blood pressure, increasing body temperature, and increased mobility.
Chilly winds and dry indoor heat can leave your skin dry. The oils and lotions used in massage therapy contain hydrating oils which leave your skin feeling healthy, and nourished.
Massage will decrease inflammation and help repair your muscles. Getting a massage after shoveling is great for your lower back, shoulders, and forearms - and don’t you deserve it after all that work?!