Why You Should Schedule a Massage This Winter

Winter is the season of roaring fires, roast dinners, mulled wine and festivity. Unfortunately, as it is also the season of grey skies, freezing weather and wind, winter can make you feel sluggish, lethargic and dull. A healing massage can help you warm up to winter and leave you feeling rejuvenated, happy and healthy.

Here are a few reasons we've found that booking a massage in the colder months is a great idea.

Improved circulation

Pressure is put on the body's circulation mechanisms during colder months: heat is lost easily and the heart has to work harder in order to oxygenate and deliver nutrients to the extremities, often leaving you cold. Massage improves the function of the circulatory system, helping you stay warm in the colder months. Your second circulatory system, the lymphatic system, (which runs parallel to the blood circulatory system) is associated with the removal of wastes and the purification of the body and is also stimulated during massage treatment. 

Alleviate symptoms of the winter blues

SAD, or Seasonal effective disorder, affects 1 in 13 people in the U.K. Massage has been shown to reduce the severity and frequency of syptoms of depression, low mood and anxiety associated with the syndrome. Even if you don't suffer from SAD, a massage can go a long way to improving your mood on a dreary winter's day, helping you relax and even sleep better.

Treat winter sports injuries

If you ski, snowboard, ice-skate or merely spend a lot of time in the snow, a sports massage or deep tissue treatment will be beneficial for sore, aching muscles that often result from a day spent in the powder. Receiving regular massage treatment will also help decrease the chance you will sustain serious injuries when participating in these activities. Ask us to design a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

Improve Immune System Response

Massage has been shown to boost the effectiveness and activity of your immune system response. As we all know, winter is the time of year when you are most likely to suffer from viral infections such as cold or flu, so booking a treatment will help improve the odds you won't fall victim to dreaded winter bugs.