If you feel yourself start to get listless and lethargic when summer draws to a close and the days get shorter and colder, you could be suffering from what is known as the winter blues. If your symptoms interfere with your daily activities, and begin and end about the same time each year, you are more likely to be dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. The Mayo Clinic recognizes SAD as a depressive disorder that should be treated rather than tolerated. In the winter months, less exposure to sunlight and fewer fresh fruits and vegetables in season can leave you feeling moody and irritable, less interested in activities you used to enjoy and you may have trouble sleeping, so you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. People who suffer from SAD often crave starchy and sweet foods, leading to weight gain and deepening depression.
To combat seasonal depression and the winter blues, massage is a relaxing, comforting and drug-free treatment that will leave you feeling lighter, healthier and less stressed. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage has been shown to alleviate anxiety by reducing stress hormones and increasing chemicals in the brain that keep us calm and well. Massage uses a series of techniques that stimulate and stretch muscles and tissue, releasing tension and fatigue and reducing both heart rate and blood pressure while increasing circulation. Because there are over 250 types of massage that are used in bodywork, your massage therapist can combine techniques to give you personalized healing. Massage therapists use oils and lotions to lessen the friction on the skin, allowing them to work deeply and relieve tension. When these soothing products are used with aromatherapy, your massage can again be tailored to your unique needs and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
At Balanced Health and Wellness, we offer a comprehensive and individualized approach to health care, that treats you as a whole person rather than a collection of symptoms. We examine and consider the physical, mental and social factors that contribute to your overall health. Massage therapy is an important part of creating a detailed care plan for you. By offering massage as a therapeutic complement to our other services and techniques, you can benefit from the healing touch of massage that releases the body’s natural pain killers and mood regulators, leaving you feeling like yourself again. Call us today at 248.397.8122 or fill out the form in the sidebar today to learn more about our dynamic, drug-free approach to comprehensive health and preventative care.