Seasonal Affective Disorder and Massage
If you are affected by the change of seasons, specifically the transition from fall into winter, you may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. SAD is classified as a form of depression, and affects an individual’s body, mind and spirit. SAD is a very real condition that affects one out of every five Americans.
A few of the many symptoms of SAD include tiredness (even to the point of complete exhaustion), low energy, weight gain, inability to concentrate after late morning each day, slower movements and lethargy, withdrawal from social situations, increased appetite, an increased need for more sleep, and overall depression.
SAD is a disorder that occurs when a person receives less sunlight when the seasons change. Sunlight helps the body to release endorphins and helps to regulate melatonin. When a person is exposed to less sunlight during the winter months, those functions of the body can be impacted. Endorphins and melatonin help an individual to have a positive sense of well-being and feeling of vitality. Those with SAD can feel low energy, achiness, and depression symptoms as a result of less exposure to sunlight.
Massage therapy can help people suffering from SAD. Massage can help to reduce depression, increase relaxation, improve immunity, relieve aches and pains, and boost overall mood and happiness.
When struggling with the symptoms of SAD, massage can help to relieve stress and tension in the body. During a massage therapy session, the application of pressure to the body helps to release chemicals in the brain. This helps an individual’s immunity to get stronger and aids in boosting overall well-being and mood.
Winter is a great time to schedule a massage. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you for it. Chase the winter blues away with a massage appointment! Please give us a call today to schedule. We have affordable massage rates and flexible scheduling. 610-705-4401