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As the seasons transition and the leaves begin to fall, now is the perfect time to reflect upon the transitions your body and mind are making as summer comes to an end and fall around the bend.  With busy work schedules, back to school activities, cold and flu season, and the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be easy to lose yourself in this time of change.

Now is the time to focus a bit of energy on yourself again! Take this time of change as an opportunity to renew your self-care regimen and reflect on your needs. One of the best ways to incorporate self-care into a busy schedule is through massage therapy.

Woman experiencing back pain, needs a massageMany of us are now eagerly engaged in seasonal chores of harvesting the gardens and preparing for winter. Fall and Winter is when we see the most injuries and muscle-related complaints. During the winter it is cold outside and potentially icy; we are cold, tense, and our circulation is not great lending to muscle tension and a greater risk of injury. Additionally, winter can be stressful; it involves Holidays, bad weather, multiple family gatherings, travel, and extra expenses.

Long falls and winters can make you feel lethargic, stressed, and chilled to the bone. One of the most effective ways to remove the chill of cool weather from your body is to warm your muscles and your mind from the inside out with a therapeutic massage session that increases circulation.

Massage therapy is an essential component of your health care routine throughout the year, and the winter & off-season are no exception. Remedy your winter aches and pains with regular massage and bodywork.

Let’s look at just a few of the reasons why:

You’ve Been Getting Poor Sleep

Over the summer the days were longer, and the nights were shorter so naturally many people wanted to spend as much of the daylight as they could doing things. This means that they didn’t receive the amount of sleep they needed. Massage therapy helps your body release serotonin and relax so you can rejuvenate your tired body.

Massage is often considered a luxury, and many don’t realize that it has a lot of healing properties. Take the time to take care of some of your needs after a fun filled summer and prepare for the holiday season.

Stress

Winter can be a time of tremendous stress. Winter brings Holidays, bad weather, multiple family gatherings, travel, and extra expenses, all things that can cause stress; and let’s not forget that even the things that bring us happiness and joy can also be added stress. Exercise and welcomed life changes are stressful, both mentally and physically. Massage therapy can provide much needed relief, a wonderful place for peace, quiet, stillness, healing, and relaxation for the mind body spirit.

Cold & Flu Season

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.  Winter is typically the season when many people get ill with colds and/or the flu. Massage therapy can boost your immune system and decrease your chances of getting sick.  This is another great reason to make massage therapy a regular part of your health care routine year-round! After recovering from a cold or flu, getting a massage can be help eliminate toxins from your system – Just a reminder: As a health care practitioner, I ask that you do not come to your session if you are ill, especially if you have a contagious illness. Massage therapy can exacerbate sickness, and if you come to a session ill, it also puts the therapist and other clients at risk for infection.

How to Combat These

So, there you have it, these are just a few of the many reasons why massage therapy is essential during the winter & off-season as well as year-round.  Receiving massage therapy on a regular basis and throughout the year, gives us a chance to boost our immune system, improve athletic performance, prevent injury, promote healing, manage pain, decrease stress, experience quiet, stillness, and promote relaxation. Massage therapy allows the mind to be silent so that the body can heal from the inside out!

Equally important as the season changes is to maintain adequate hydration. Muscles and tissues require stretching and lengthening as well as good wholesome nutrition to function properly and to avoid spasms and sprains.

man and woman enjoying a couples massageKeep yourself going great this fall and winter and consider having a full body massage regularly to be at your optimal best and lessen the risk of being sick, with an added benefit of reduced medical costs and lost time at work. Overall, the cost of a massage is a small price to pay to have great health and to take care of oneself.

Stay warm and cozy this fall and winter in our Far Infrared Sauna. We now have 2 Far Infrared Medical Grade Saunas. We invite you to share this experience with your significant other, family member, or friend. Sauna and Massage are the perfect compliments to rebalancing the mind and body. Both reduce stress, increases blood circulation, promoting more relaxed muscles, improving sleep patterns mental focus, all of which are favorable outcomes for getting through the fall and winter months.