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Massage Therapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

A De-Stress massage can be beneficial for people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the following ways:

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — seasonal affective disorder (SAD) begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with , your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. These symptoms often resolve during the spring and summer months. Less often, causes depression in the spring or early summer and resolves during the fall or winter months.

Treatment for may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications.

Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

1. Mood enhancement: Massage therapy can help improve mood by releasing endorphins, also known as feel-good hormones, and reducing levels of stress hormones like cortisol. This can help alleviate the symptoms of SAD, such as sadness, anxiety, and irritability.

2. Stress reduction: SAD can cause elevated levels of stress, which can lead to muscle tension, headaches, and overall discomfort. Massage can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation, reducing muscle tension, and improving blood circulation.

3. Increased serotonin levels: SAD is associated with low levels of serotonin, which plays a vital role in regulating mood. Massage has been found to increase serotonin levels, leading to improved mood and overall well-being.

4. Improved sleep patterns: SAD can disrupt the sleep-wake cycle, causing insomnia or excessive sleepiness. Massage therapy can help promote better sleep by relaxing the body and mind, reducing anxiety, and improving sleep quality.

5. Overall well-being: Massage can provide a sense of nurturing and comfort, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness that are commonly experienced during SAD. The human touch and connection during a massage can help improve overall well-being.

It's important to note that while massage therapy can be a helpful adjunct to treatment for SAD, it should not replace medical advice or other necessary treatments. It's always best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for SAD.


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