Autumn is coming: benefits of massage therapy when seasons change
- Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Transitioning between seasons is a natural process, however it requires some adjustments both from our body and mind that we often take for granted but that impact more than we imagine on our overall wellness. This is particularly significant when switching from the warm weather and abundance of light in summer to the first chills and the longer nights in autumn. How can massage therapy help prepare you at best for autumn? Below are five top reasons, researched by our team in Fulham:
- Massage therapy helps relieve stress and anxiety
When summer holidays are over, getting back to school or work routines can often lead to stress and anxiety. Daily schedules get busier and many of us experience lack of sleep and an overall feeling of fatigue and tension, due to our muscles tightening up and our heart rate increasing as a response to the external demands. The pressure applied by your massage therapist will help soften knots and stiffness, stimulating the production of endorphins, the “feel good hormones”, and decreasing the levels of cortisol, also called the “stress hormone”. Furthermore, massage will assist keeping an healthy heart rate by activating some trigger points linked to the vagus nerve, which is responsible for regulating blood circulation.
- Massage therapy helps keep a positive mood
After the Autumn Equinox, days get shorter and nights get progressively longer, which can have a significant impact on our mood, making us more subject to mild states of depression and melancholy. As previously mentioned, massage therapy can help fighting the seasonal blues as it increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are the hormones responsible for our good mood. It is also important to consider that massage therapy is a key part of a well balanced fitness routine, as it promotes muscle recovery and facilitates body movement and flexibility. When we have an active lifestyle, it is easier to feel positive and focused.
- Massage therapy acts as an immune system boost
The shortage of light does not only have an impact on our mood, but on our physical health as well due to the reduced production of vitamin D caused by the lower exposure to sun rays. In addition, the drop in temperature can trigger symptoms of cold and flu, creating extra demands to our immune system. Massage therapy, with its aforementioned benefits on blood circulation, will increase the flow of lymphatic fluid bringing more white blood cells, which are in charge of fighting off infections and bacteria, in the areas of the body where they are most needed. Our immune system will be, as a result, more efficient and stronger.
- Massage therapy helps reducing back and neck pain
Going back to work or school leads us to spend more hours sitting at a desk, often not in the ideal posture for our body. This can cause tension and stiffness that, if chronic, might result in severe back, neck and shoulder pain. In addition to physical exercise and stretching, massage therapy helps relieve muscle tension, promoting a better posture and improving an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being. Our therapist will also recommend some useful stretching and posture tips in order to maximise the benefits of your treatment.
- Massage therapy helps improve sleeping quality
Changes in schedules, stress and anxiety can make us feel the need of doing more things in less time, which often impacts on our quality of sleep. Massage therapy can help you sleep better as it promotes the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycles, by acting as a circulation boost. Even if you have a massage in the morning, its soothing and calming effects on your mind and body will stay until it's bed time!
If you would like to experience the benefits of our professional massage therapy, choosing the treatment that is most tailored to your need in order to prepare yourself to fully enjoy the beautiful autumn season, do not hesitate to contact us: our team will be happy to answer any enquiries and assist with bookings.