The Benefits of Massage Therapy in the Winter
The chilly days and dark nights are here and the winter months have us staying indoors more, exercising less, sleeping more & eating more. Including a therapeutic massage in your winter schedule can really help boost your body. Massage can help you;
1. Boost Your Immune System - Winter means colds & flu season but massage can help your body fight these by boosting your immune system. This is through increasing the lymph flow which is loaded with lots of white blood cells which then go and fight infections around the body.
2. Helps Dry Skin - As the humidity drops in winter the cold, dry air makes the water in your skin evaporate quicker, making your skin drier. The oils and lotions used in massage contain lots of vitamins to nourish & hydrate your skin – making you feel better on the inside & out!
3. Improve Circulation - Your circulation may need a little help if your hands and feet are always chilly or if you’re having some aches and pains in the colder weather. Regular massage can help by enhancing blood flow and body warmth, which in turn increases the flow of oxygen around the body.
4. Banish The Winter Blues - Massage encourages positive changes in the endocrine system where hormones are created. These changes decrease cortisol levels (stress related hormone) & increase oxytocin levels (happy hormone) leading to the release of serotonin and endorphins, relieving the stress and enhancing your mood. Bye, bye winter blues!