Massage and the Winter Blues

Winter- it’s that time of year again. From the short, dark days to the aching cold, winter has a way of getting to pretty much everyone. A major issue for many of us this time of year is the winter blues, also known as seasonal depression. This mental health condition not only affects the mind but also the body.  From feeling fatigued to changes in sleep patterns, symptoms of the winter blues can be managed with massage therapy.

Many think of massage as a therapy specifically for physical pain. However, massage provides a plethora of benefits beyond the world of body aches. Research has suggested that over 90% of physical pain is caused by stress alone, creating a strong relationship between both mental and physical well-being.

At Ballaura Wellness Spa in Olympia, Washington, we have the experience, scientific knowledge, and exceptional talent to empower you to live a truly balanced life. Massage creates a safe space where you can relax and unwind. Organic essential oils in the diffuser create an atmosphere of calm and bliss. Likewise, the cozy heated massage table welcomes you to relax, take a nap, and let your body de-stress as your massage therapist eases your pain and helps you relax. The massage itself allows you to create a focused mind-body connection, which is quite powerful when it comes to self-awareness with your wellness and health. It can even increase self-confidence and improve self-appreciation, helping to decrease feelings of worthlessness and guilt.

Massage itself is beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. It has been found that after a 60-minute massage, the serotonin levels, an anti-pain hormone, in your body increase by as much as 28%. Massage also lowers cortisol levels, the stress hormone, allowing you to feel calm and relaxed. Giving your body and mind that chance to reconnect is a wonderful gift that massage has to offer.

Feeling down from winter? Come book a massage with us at Ballaura Wellness Spa and let us help you on your wellness journey.