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Do you suffer from seasonal depression? Learn how massage therapy at Dee Thai Massage & Spa can benefit you in the winter months to come.
What is Seasonal Depression?
Seasonal Depression is often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. It is a depression that occurs each year, beginning in the fall and worsening through the winter months, and eventually tapers off in the spring.
What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder?
While the exact cause of SAD remains unknown, there is strong scientific evidence that suggests it is often due to limited exposure to sunlight during the winter months. One theory suggests our internal biological clocks that regulate mood, sleep and hormones begin to shift with the decrease in available sunlight and begin reset at the end of Daylight Savings Time.
Other theories suggest the chemicals in our brains, specifically neurotransmitters like serotonin, are imbalanced in those who suffer from SAD. Exposure to sunlight may correct this and we may often pay a visit to the tanning bed to get ourselves out of this seasonal rut, but recent studies have determined there are other much safer ways to reverse the chemical imbalances many of us experience at the onset of winter.
“As we approach the colder, darker months, massage therapy may be an effective method of deflecting common seasonal challenges,” said Jeff Smoot, 2015 President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Massage benefits the way our bodies react to negative influences, whether that’s weather, anxieties or disorders.”
Massage Therapy Can Help Treat Seasonal Depression and Anxiety
Many people are turning to the power of massage therapy to fend off their seasonal depression. Recent studies show routine massages not only improve your mood and reset your circadian rhythms, but also naturally release serotonin and dopamine, the same chemicals in our brains that are often offset as we transition into Daylight Savings Time.
In addition to resetting our, ‘feel good,’ chemicals, massage therapy also leads to more energy and improved sleep as Melatonin, the chemical known to affect sleep patterns, is believed to increase due to a lack of sunlight. This explains our sluggishness and feelings of lethargy during the winter. Getting a massage will promote healthy blood flow to deliver oxygen to your body’s cells which, in turn, results in increased energy – something many of us need in abundance during this time of year.
Even if you only suffer from a mild case of the wintertime blues, the physical benefits of routine massages are good for everyone. Massage therapy not only resets the chemicals in our brains, but it improves the cardiovascular system, muscle flexibility and fascial mobility to increase strength and range of motion.
It’s important to prioritize self-care and stay proactive to prevent injury this winter. Massage is a crucial aspect in body mechanics so if you see a dentist for your teeth and a doctor when you’re sick, stop in to see a massage therapist today to keep your body operating at peak performance!
Dee Thai Massage & Spa is Here to Help!
Many associate Winter with snow, and although snow is rare here in Las Vegas, our Winters are bone-chilling cold. Mix that in with it getting dark by 5pm and it's a recipe for a variety of seasonal depression disorders. We're here to help prevent, ease and maybe even eliminate your depression and anxiety. Call us at 702-722-2393 or book online!
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