Seasonal Depression and Massage

Did you know that 10-15 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression brought on by winter’s darker days? In addition to depression, SAD can cause fatigue, irritability, erratic appetite and sleep, loss of libido, and a weakened immune system. Fortunately, SAD is often treatable through a combination of therapies and lifestyle changes, including massage therapy, which has been proven to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, hormones responsible for mood elevation and improved appetite and sleep.

A recent study found that the sense of sight is trumped by the sense of touch in people suffering from depression.   As reported by science writer Jena Pincott, he concluded that touching and being touched are restorative because they signal the presence of a protector.

Contrary to common thoughts and beliefs, massage therapy is a healthy and affordable complement to traditional medicine.  The cumulative benefits of monthly massages for treating the winter blues and the more serious SAD can be combated because the massage releases endorphin and elevates energy boosts all while lowering of cortisol levels.  Regularly spending 60-90 minutes of uninterrupted time with a professional who is supportive and comforting may be the answer to many types of depression.

Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 and we will schedule a therapeutic massage with one professional licensed therapists, or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you.