The winter months can often decrease our opportunities to get out there and do our favourite sports. With the shorter days and dark nights we are more likely to stay indoors, exercise less, and sleep and eat more. Massage can really help to boost the body by assisting our immune system, promoting good circulation, recovering dry skin, enhancing our mood, and promoting a feeling of relaxation and well-being. And if you are still managing to get out there and exercise, you'll get all of these advantages, as well as giving your muscles a well earned treatment.
1. IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER
At this time of year when picking up coughs and colds is commonplace, massage is proven to help boost the immune system. Massage therapy increases the lymph flow which is packed with white blood cells, which then go off and fight infections around the body, boosting our immune system and helping us to fight infections better.
Are your hands and feet often cold? Do your muscles ache more than normal? Massage plays a crucial role in increasing circulation and providing stress and pain relief throughout the colder months. Regular massage enhances blood flow and body warmth, helping to increase the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Treat yourself to a warm and relaxing massage to ease those muscles.
3. DRY SKIN
Our skin gets drier during winter. The balm used during your massage contains natural oils and vitamins to nourish the skin. You’ll not only feel better on the inside but be glowing on the outside too.
4. WINTER BLUES
Massage creates positive changes in the endocrine system where hormones are formed. Regular massage can have long term benefits on your health as your cortisol levels decrease (the stress related hormone) and oxytocin levels are raised (the happy hormone) leading to the release of serotonin and endorphins, relieving the blues/stress and enhancing your mood.
Running around after family, stressful jobs, endless personal obligations, the list goes on. Getting regular massage can be an excellent step towards improved wellbeing. Stress often plays a big part in our lives and to reset the balance it's important to take time out for you. Massage will help with improving your sleep and giving you more energy.