Keep warm: benefits of massages in the cold weather
- Saturday, 30 January 2021
As the temperature drops down and the winter season begins to kick in, there is nothing more soothing than a relaxing massage in a warm environment. While massage therapy is undoubtedly beneficial at all times of the year, there are some specific benefits that can be enjoyed by receiving a massage in winter:
1) Improved circulation
It is very common to suffer from poor blood circulation and higher blood pressure during the winter months as blood vessels constrict due to a reaction to cold temperatures causing discomfort, seasonal aches, pains and arthritis. A professional massage will help promote a better blood flow, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cells, reducing congestions and increasing the feeling of body warmth.
2) Immune system boost
Another benefit of massage therapy in winter, related to the improvement of blood circulation, is the boost on the immune system. The pressure applied by the therapist will increase the flow of lymphatic fluid through the body, which will bring white blood cells (the ones responsible for fighting off infections and bacteria) in the areas where they are most needed, making the body immune system stronger and more efficient.
3) Released tension in muscles and joints
Many of us, when exposed to cold weather, tend to contract our muscles, especially in the neck and shoulder area, building stiffness and tension that can result in chronic pain and aches. Massage therapy will help release the tension in muscles and joints, promoting an overall feeling of well-being. It will also help maintain fitness as it will prevent the body from adopting incorrect postures that could lead to injuries.
4) Higher skin hydration
When the weather is cold, the skin struggles to keep hydrated as the dry, chilly air sucks the moisture out of it. As a result, the skin can feel dry, flaky and irritated. Massage therapy can help keep the skin moisturised because it usually involves rubbing oils and lotions that can nourish and hydrate your skin. Furthermore, it helps improve skin elasticity by stimulating collagen production.
5) Mood boost
The cold season can have a depressing effect on some people, bringing the mood down and causing a lack of motivation. It has been proven that massage therapy can have significant benefits in improving the mental health, acting as a powerful mood boost by diminishing the levels of cortisol (the hormone responsible for stress and anxiety) and promoting the body production of endorphins and serotonins, also known as the "hormones of happiness". As a result, massage helps feel energised and invigorated.
Amongst the many types of massage available in our Fulham clinic, deep tissue, Swedish massage and lymphatic drainage are the most recommended during the winter season. If you would like to experience the benefits of our professional massage therapy and fight the cold weather in the most enjoyable way, do not hesitate to contact us: our team will be happy to answer any enquiries and assist with bookings.