The Benefits of Massage in the Winter Months

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As athletes, the winter months decrease our opportunities to do our favorite activities. We tend to stay indoors, exercise less, sleep and eat more. Never fear! Here are a few ways that massage can benefit us during these winter months.

Keep that Circulation Flowing Massage plays a crucial role in increasing circulation and providing stress and pain relief throughout the colder seasons. Improved circulation increases body warmth, provides healthier blood pressure levels, and increases the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Treat your body to a warm and relaxing massage to ease those muscles!

Boost the Immune System Improve immune system function and increase your body’s stamina with regular bodywork, a healthy diet, and be sure to maintain a regular exercise schedule. Send those lymphocytes on their mission to do what they do best. KA-POW, infection!

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Keep the Winter Blues at Bay Massage creates positive changes in the endocrine system where hormones are formed. Hormones affect mood, desire, depression, alertness, sleep, hunger, sense of touch and sex drive; the balance of which are very important for the well-being. After receiving bodywork, cortisol levels are decreased (the nasty hormone responsible for stress!), and oxytocin levels are raised (the happy, contentment hormone). What better way to cheer yourself up than with a massage!

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Enhance your state of mind and overall well-being with regular bodywork. (And of course, try to maintain a regular exercise schedule!)

Further reading:

http://shearchaos.net/five-winter-excuses-to-get-a-massage/

This article/video is for educational purposes only; do not attempt without your physician’s clearance. If you are in pain or injured, see your physician.