Melbourne winter is well and truly upon us. At this time of year it can be difficult to maintain the same optimism that the warmer months bring. Days are short, nights are long and cold, and your achy back, sore knees or tight shoulders have flared up again. Slowing down is a natural response to the cold, humans have been doing it for thousands of years, but tight muscles and achy joints
are an unnecessary side effect. Here are 5 great reasons to book yourself (or a loved one!) in for Massage or Myotherapy:
Boosts your Immune System: With the cold and flu season upon us, what better time to check in with your health and take care of your immune system. Massage and Myotherapy increases activity in your body’s white blood cells – these are your immune system cells that fight off infections and foreign invaders. Massage also stimulates your lymphatic system so your body can more easily detox. When your immune system is functioning at its optimum level you will find you get sick less frequently, and recover faster.
Improves Circulation: Muscles contract in the cold to conserve heat, but it also increases stiffness and tension which causes pain in the body. Massage relaxes and lengthens muscles, increasing blood supply. The increase in blood supply relieves pain and dysfunction. Common complaints such as headaches or a stiff neck are easily reduced by Massage and Myotherapy.
Lowers Stress Levels: Studies show that Massage and Myotherapy reduces production of cortisol. Cortisol switches on your sympathetic nervous system inducing a constant state of ‘fight or flight’ where by even when sleeping, your nervous system remains on high alert and you don’t fully relax. By decreasing cortisol levels and increasing dopamine production, you are able to switch to a parasympathetic state, or ‘rest and digest’. When your nervous system operates from a parasympathetic state you think clearly and function more efficiently.
Beats the Winter Blues: Many people report feeling sluggish and flat through winter. Regular Massage and Myotherapy increase production of serotonin and dopamine. These ‘feel good’ hormones become depleted by the shorter days and lack of sunshine. Feeling the winter blues is real and instead of overdoing the carbs and red wine, try a massage. The benefits are not just for your physical body, you will feel lighter, uplifted and more energised.
Relieves Dry Skin: The cold Melbourne weather and the additional use of heating draws moisture out of your skin. Not only do the oils and lotions applied soften and hydrate your skin, the massage itself improves circulation and increases overall health and function of your skin.
Don’t let winter get you down, call our Reservoir clinic today to book yourself in for some winter rejuvenation. Lift your spirits and beat the winter blues with Massage and Myotherapy