Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition associated with wintertime, when less sunlight and more time indoors can trigger seasonal depression. This condition is recognized as a major depressive disorder and can drastically reduce the quality of life for sufferers.
There are many therapies available to help manage SAD, such as light therapy, exercise, and medication. Another possible treatment is massage therapy! Working with your care provider, massage therapy can be integrated into a treatment plan with positive results. Massage therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Research demonstrates that massage therapy increases the release of neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decreasing the blood level serums of hormones associated with increased anxiety.
Massage therapy lowers blood pressure, decreases heart rates, and improves circulation to the entire body. Seasonal Affective Disorder can leave sufferers feeling lethargic, but massage therapy can improve mood and helps regulate circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep and restored energy.
A less severe form of seasonal mood disorder, commonly known as the “winter blues” is extremely common and may affect as many as 1 in 5 Americans. Symptoms may include less energy, difficulty waking up in the morning, and changes in the diet such as craving more sugar or starches. Massage therapy is an effective way to help our bodies respond to negative influences, such as reduced sunlight and harsh weather.
Book a massage today and reap the benefits of massage therapy! Even if you do not suffer from a seasonal mood disorder, the positive benefits of massage are great for everyone!