Massage therapy has many benefits, particularly during the cold harsh winter months. Colder weather tends to bring on many discomforts including aches, pains and arthritis, not to mention winter colds, sinus infections, seasonal depression and the dreaded flu.
Massage has many wonderful benefits, and in the winter months, this is no exception. Massage therapy helps to boost the immune system. Massage increases lymph flow which is packed with white blood cells. These cells fight off infections and bacteria, boosting your immune system during this time of year where many of us get sick.
If you suffer from dry skin during the colder months, try massage. Massage therapy is proven to improve skin hydration during dry winter months. Oils and lotions used in massage contain healthy amounts of vitamin E and other vitamins. Massage improves circulation, allowing your skin to absorb these essential vitamins, leaving you feeling nourished and hydrated. Massage therapy also increases circulation to muscles, joints, and organs, warming up the body. Regular massage enhances blood flow, naturally lowering blood pressure and improving body function.
During the colder months that have shorter daylight hours, many people suffer from seasonal depression, often referred to as the winter blues. Winter months decrease our opportunities to do our favorite activities, and this can increase depression. It’s cold outside, and most of us don’t like it. Massage therapy is not a “cure” for depression, but regular massages enhance warmth and an overall state of well-being. Massage therapy releases serotonin and endorphins, relieving stress and making you feel better. Beating the winter blues can be as simple as booking an appointment with your massage therapist.
Massage can help to alleviate holiday and post-holiday stress. Don’t let your to-do list ruin the most wonderful time of the year. Massage therapy has been shown to help address stress and anxiety while simultaneously addressing some of their physical repercussions. Massage can also help to relieve low back pain. Whether back pain stems from holiday travel or shoveling snow, research has shown that massage therapy provides superior functional outcomes and symptom improvement over those who do not utilize massage.
And, massage can help to alleviate headaches. Tension headaches aren’t on anyone’s wish list. Research indicates that those who receive massage therapy experience a decrease in the physical pain as well as the emotional distress associated with the headache.
Massage is good medicine. Give us a call to book your massage therapy appointment in our massage clinic and feel better fast!