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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Knock Out Winter Blues With Massage Therapy

Seasonal Affective Disorder Can Disturb Your Overall Health and Wellness

The seasonal affective disorder is a common condition that typically occurs when the days become shorter during the winter. Some of the individuals who have this condition refer to it as the winter blues because the condition improves when warmer weather arrives in the spring. Not only does seasonal affective disorder cause feelings of depression, but also, you can experience other symptoms, including:

• Sleep disturbances
• Chronic fatigue
• Mental confusion
• Mood swings
• Gaining weight
• Social isolation

Request Specialized Bodywork From a Massage Therapist 

If you have winter blues, then you can visit a local day spa for its health and wellness benefits. Staying home too much can make your feelings of depression worse, but at a day spa, you will have a chance to meet other people. Having massage therapy is a great way to alleviate your feelings of sadness, and there are several varieties to choose from, including:

• Deep tissue – intense bodywork for the underlying tissues 
• Hot stone – placing hot stones on your body
• Thai – combining yoga postures with bodywork
• Shiatsu – a massage therapist uses knee, elbow or thumb pressure
• Aromatherapy – bodywork that includes fragrant lotions
• Reflexology – massage therapy for the soles of the feet
• Pregnancy – a soothing massage for alleviating backaches
• Swedish – long gliding movements to improve your body’s blood circulation

Additional Ways To Overcome Affective Seasonal Disorder 

In addition to massage therapy, there are other day spa treatments that can diminish your depression symptoms. You may want to schedule a soothing sauna treatment to reduce your anxiety levels from the winter blues. Alternatively, you can enjoy a cleansing footbath along with a pedicure to help you feel better. For additional health and wellness, talk to a massage therapist about your daily diet plan and exposure to natural sunlight.

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