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Surprising benefits of massage

Who honestly feels great throughout the winter months? The days are shorter, the weather is gloomier, it’s cold and we are often overcome by a sluggish laziness as the days get shorter. However, there are surprising benefits of massage that can make you feel happier and healthier throughout the winter months.

MASSAGE IS A GREAT MOOD LIFTER
When the weather is cold and dark, people often get sad. Seasonal Affective Disorder is typical through the winter months when there’s less natural sunlight. During daytime, your brain releases serotonin — a chemical that makes you feel confident, motivated and happy. Throughout the winter months, your brain releases less of this chemical. We may find it hard to awake in the morning, we are not as social and sometimes not as pleasant as usual to be around. Massage can be an excellent mood lifter, as it calms and gives a feeling of rejuvenation, as well as releasing the serotonin and endorphin substances, the same chemicals your body produces when the sun shines.

MASSAGE SUPPORTS BLOOD CIRCULATION
It is safe to say many of us do less exercise in the winter months when it is cold, dark, and raining, than in the summer months.  Exercise aids our circulation and cleanses our inner systems. It also attracts fresh blood into our organs. Poor circulation makes us uncomfortable, lethargic, and achy. Massage is a good method to increase your circulation. A massage aids the blood pass through the regions of congestion and increases circulation helping your lymphatic system clean out waste. Other benefits are that it may lower your blood pressure level and overall help your body function better.

MASSAGE HELPS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
The winter blues along with a lack of exercise aren’t the only things that might get you down in wintertime. There’s a higher prospect of getting sick, as bugs spread in the workplace, in school and on public transport. We want our immune system to be in the best shape possible to fight the infections going around. A massage can help boost your immune system, which in turn helps your body fight off illness.  This is because a massage activates the lymphatic system as gentle massaging of the region around the lymph nodes promote the white blood cells to leave and get to work fighting off bugs.  So a massage is an excellent means to assist in preventing the common cold.

MASSAGE KEEPS YOUR SKIN IN GOOD SHAPE
Dry skin is another issue in during the winter months.  Heating and therefore reduced moisture in the air inside and the fall in temperature outside can be very hard on your skin and dry it out. You then need to keep using more moisturiser to stop rashes and feel comfortable.  During a massage natural and essential oils are applied to your skin, making it more supple and more elasticated, and thus adding back the moisture it has been robbed of.

So you see there are lots of reasons to book your next massage!

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