Along with the change of seasons, comes two inevitable things – cold weather and holidays. We know that along with the holiday mayhem, come shorter, darker days and cooler weather. For many of us changes in moods and behaviors can occur. We tend to stay indoors, exercise less, sleep and eat more. Sometimes this inactivity can rouse feelings of depression and fatigue. This is called the Winter Blues.
Did you know that regular massage can help to banish those doldrums? Not only does massage feel great, but, it in fact creates actual physiological changes in our bodies. Massage increases our serotonin and endorphin production, the bodies “feel good” chemicals. This creates a general sense of well-being and an uplifted attitude. Your time on the table will leave you feeling renewed and revitalized, more in balance, and wondering why you ever felt blue at all.
These positive effects can be immediately felt after just one session, but I recommend, for long-term benefits, you make massage a part of your wellness process. Think of it like taking vitamins, drinking more water and moving more. They are all part of a healthy lifestyle designed to bring and keep more balance and harmony in your life. So start with booking all of your massages for the winter season in advance, a minimum of once a month. I recommend this as you may not “feel” like it later on and if you buy a package in advance (discounts are available – just ask) you are more likely to keep your appointments and take advantage of the benefits massage offers. Purchasing packages also has the added benefit of saving you money.
Embrace this winter season! Decorate, shop, spend time with family and friends. Be good to yourself and have a happy, healthy, love and laughter filled, blues free holiday season.