Winter is officially in full swing, the days are shorter, the weather is gloomier, and it’s cold. It’s not surprising to think that quite a few people get the winter blues. At Feeling Healthy we believe there’s an easy way to tackle that sluggish laziness that can come on as the days get cooler. Having regular massages is a great way to feel happier and healthier during the winter months, and can be a great way to motivate yourself to continue taking healthy measures in other areas of life. Read on below to find out why
When the weather is cold and dark it is easy to feel sad and unmotivated. Seasonal Affective Disorder is common during the winter months when there’s less natural sunlight and the weather is gloomy. During daylight, your brain releases serotonin – a chemical that makes you feel positive, happy and motivated. So, it makes sense that during the winter, your brain releases less of this chemical.
Massage is a great mood lifter, as it relaxes and gives a sense of rejuvenation, as well as releasing the serotonin and endorphin chemicals – exactly the same chemicals that your body produces when the sun shines.
Picture this: You wake up early on a Saturday morning and look out of the window. It’s dark, cold, and raining. Do you put your running shorts on… or go back to bed? It may be safe to say that only the super-determined would choose the first one. So, from this, we can safely assume that we probably do less exercise in the winter than in the warmer months. Not a good thing!
Exercise helps our circulation and cleanses our internal systems. It also brings fresh, oxygenated blood into our systems, with poor circulation making us lethargic, uncomfortable, and achy. We become lazy and unproductive. However, the good news is that massage is a great way to boost your circulation. A massage helps the blood pass through the areas of congestion and increases flow, also helping your lymphatic system clean out the waste that’s building up. Other benefits are that it can lower your blood pressure and help your body function better.
The winter blues and a lack of exercise aren’t just the only things that can get you down in wintertime. Another thing your clients may be concerned about is the higher chance of getting sick, as bugs spread in the office, at school and on public transport. We want our immune system to be in the best shape possible to fight the infections going around. The good news is that a massage can actually increase your immune system, which in turns helps your body fight off sickness.
The cells in your body that tackle any infections like to live in the lymphatic system – in particular, the lymph nodes. Sometimes, they can be reluctant to come out to fight off the invading bacteria and need a little persuasion. This is where a massage helps, as the gentle rubbing of the area around the lymph nodes encourages the white blood cells to leave and get to work. Remember that a massage increases blood flow? Well, this can also stimulate the white blood cells to start making you feel better.
This is a major benefit during the winter months because quite a few of us are reluctant to fill our bodies with endless medicines. A simple alternative to combating the cold can be a weekly massage.
Dry skin is another complaint during the colder months. The lower humidity and drop in temperature, along with central heating can suck the moisture out of your skin.
When you have a massage, natural oils are rubbed into your skin. This makes it feel more elasticated, and also has the added advantage of moisturising your skin. So, you can either keep paying for expensive creams or have a weekly massage to get all the other health and feel-good benefits too.
These are just a few of the benefits of regular massage, why not book an appointment today, click here or call us on 9687 5333 to find out our availability
Edmore is a practitioner passionately dedicated to giving you the best massage ever! In fact many of his clients use these very same words. He gets huge satisfaction in helping people overcome their pain and injuries. Having played professional soccer for twenty years and being a keen cyclist, Edmore knows about injuries that come with playing sport. Every massage you have with Edmore is specifically tailored to suit your individual needs. He uses a range of massage techniques including remedial, sports, deep tissue, trigger point and relaxation