Daylight saving time is upon us and fall is in the air. Even without the added stress of the upcoming holiday season, some of us are already feeling the effects of what researchers have dubbed “the winter blues”. A much more serious depressive disorder, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects around 10% of the US population. The less intense “winter blues” is much more common. Most of us can feel our good vibes starting to wane as the weather gets colder and the days become shorter and darker. Recent research suggests that a great way to combat the ‘winter blues’ is to take time out for self, and massage is a great way to see an immediate lift in your spirits!
Some immediate benefits of massage as an addition to your wellness regime include a reduction in feelings of anxiety, feelings of depression and feelings of anger. Long-term impacts of a regular massage could also increase serotonin produced in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical in the body that carries signals along and between our nerves. Researchers are unsure how we humans actually manufacture serotonin, but they have observed that when we are feeling relaxed and being touched during a massage, serotonin levels increase. Increased serotonin levels help to improve mood, digestion, sexual desire and sleep.
We all need to take time out for ourselves, for our health and for our state of mind. Serene Dental Spa offers several types of massages which can help you combat those winter blues. Including a massage in your regular health regime will have long-term benefits that will help fight seasonal mood changes that can disrupt our happiness. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!