As we move into shorter days and cooler temperatures, remember to care for yourself. For many Americans, shorter days and less sunshine bring about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and new aches and pains. It’s also time for colds and flu to put a damper on fun festivities. Massage is a great way to stay in optimal form for the holiday season.

Massage Benefits:

  • Decrease Aches and Pains
    • Tight muscles pull at joints to cause pain. A full-body massage treatment aids muscles in relaxing, flushing out stagnant blood, and improving circulation. This process helps alleviate tension, stiffness, aches, and pains.
  • Elevated mood
    • Serotonin and dopamine are responsible for positive emotional health. In people living with SAD, these hormones are reduced in the winter months due to reduced sunshine and physical activity. Massage treatments not only decrease cortisol (stress hormone), they increase serotonin and dopamine to restore a more positive, happier state.
  • Skin hydration
    • The cooler temperatures whisk moisture from the skin. A full-body massage treatment with massage creme or oil will remoisturize the skin, helping to protect against injury. You could add in a facial fomentation or a hand and foot scrub to eliminate the dry, itchy skin.
  • Boost Immunity
    • Dr. Mark Rapaport is the chairman of Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and lead author of a study on the health benefits of massage. He says: “Massage is popular in America, with almost 9 percent of adults receiving at least one massage within the past year. People often seek out massage as part of a healthy lifestyle but there hasn’t been much physiological proof of the body’s heightened immune response following massage until now.” According to the study, massage decreases cells responsible for inflammation and increases white blood cells, responsible for protecting the body against viruses and bacteria.

We offer our clients added warmth to their treatments with table warmers, hot towels and heat packs, facial fomentation, and hot stone treatments. Whether you experience aches and pains, more illnesses, or experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, a therapeutic massage can change how you feel. Give us a call today to book your treatment with one of our licensed therapists.

References

Hernandezreif, M. (2004). Breast Cancer Patients Have Improved Immune And Neuroendocrine Functions Following Massage Therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 45-52.

Targum SD, Rosenthal N. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2008;5(5):31-33.

Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Miguel Diego, Saul Schanberg, and Cynthia Kyhn (2005) Cortisol Decreases and Serotonin and Dopamine Increase Following Massage Therapy, International Journal of Neuroscience, 115:10, 1397-1413

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