The Benefits of a Massage in Winter

As the cold winter days settle in, there is nothing more soothing than a nurturing massage and bodywork session, in a wonderfully warm room. While massage is beneficial at all times of the year, there are some specific benefits that can be gained from massage in winter:

Boost your immunity

Massage therapy increases the flow of lymphatic fluid through the body. Lymph fluid is packed with white blood cells, which are the cells responsible for fighting off infections and bacteria and improving the flow of lymph in the body can boost the immune system during this time of year when many of us get sick.

Improve skin hydration

Massage therapy is proven to improve skin hydration, stabilising the collagen in your skin and

helping to maintain your skin’s elasticity. Using coconut oil in all of our massages brings even

more benefits to your treatment, not only is coconut oil a wonderfully powerful and gentle

exfoliant, but it is also an intense moisturiser, soothing dry skin by coating it in a non-greasy

layer of lightweight hydration.

Increased Circulation

Cold weather can bring on many discomforts, aches, pains and arthritis but massage therapy can help by increasing circulation to muscles, joints and organs. Improved circulation increases body warmth, provides healthier blood pressure levels, and increases the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Heat, combined with massage, has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain, helping to increase blood flow to affected areas, reducing muscle spasms and increasing flexibility and range of motion.

Banish the Winter Blues

After receiving bodywork such as massage therapy, cortisol levels are decreased (the nasty

hormone responsible for stress!) and oxytocin levels are raised (the happy, contentment

hormone). Massage also releases serotonin and endorphins, relieving stress and making you

feel better. Regular massages enhance your overall state of well-being, ultimately banishing

those winter blues!

Written by Tori Johnston - Kahuna Massage therapist

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