Well, after a glorious summer and an unexpectedly mild autumn, the temperatures are starting to plummet, leaves are falling and it seems winter has finally arrived.
Besides affecting our ability to spend time outside – raking leaves and the anticipation of clearing driveways and pavements of snow and ice don’t count -weather can have a real impact on our health and well-being.
A temptation to hibernate
If you’re anything like me, the cold days and dark nights of winter make you want to “hibernate”: I actually feel “under the weather”. But, being inactive can take a toll on your fitness, your weight and your mood. Stay active with indoor options such as exercise classes, walking at the shopping centre to do your Christmas gift buying, or home fitness videos.
Even if you are going into a warm gym or maintaining your regular sports and other activities, remember your muscles are likely to take longer to warm up; be kind to them, they have a lot of work to do. Massage helps to keep your muscles in good shape, allowing you to continue with your activities without causing damage.
Saying that, do try to get some exposure to sunlight. Even if you don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), you may find your mood is affected by lack of light, so take time to go outside at lunchtime if you’re office-based, and just make the most of whatever sunlight is around during the short days.
If you sufferer from Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, or have any joint injury you are going to feel it in the cold weather more. These conditions are unfortunately more susceptible to and can be exacerbated by the cold as changes in temperature and outside pressure often increase joint stiffness.
As arthritis causes swollen joints, the soft tissue expands around the joints causing more pressure and pain. In fact, sufferers of arthritis do say that they can predict what the weather’s going to be, based on how painful their joints are. Regular massage can help immensely in the relief of pain. This is a time of year when, especially if you suffer from a joint condition, you need to keep more active and to keep warm to avoid resistance to movement by the joints, so massage will enable you to do this.
Be kind to yourself
Here are a few more ways that Massage can help you through the winter:
- Massage therapy can boost your immune system. Studies show that regular massage therapy can boost the body’s resistance to bugs, making it easier to fight off the many communicable diseases that float around in the winter months.
- With shorter, drearier days, winter can leave you feeling tired and worn out. A good massage can be relaxing as well as uplifting.
- With Winter comes dry air, and with dry air comes dry skin. Massage therapy can stabilise the collagen in your skin and also helps maintain your skin’s elasticity. The oils help to moisturise your skin.
So, whether you want to relieve the stress of the upcoming Christmas period, keep yourself active despite the dark days, or soothe the discomfort caused by arthritis, massage therapy is a great way to beat the winter blues.
And if you want to give a friend or loved-one something to look forward to after the frenzy of Christmas has passed, don’t forget we have special personalised vouchers available: