When the temperature starts dropping, you may feel like your body is constantly chilled throughout the entire fall and winter season. For many, the lack of warmth takes a toll both physically and mentally and can leave a gray cloud above your head until the temperatures start rising.
Massage therapy can help relieve the aches and pains that result from cold weather. Physically, your muscles and joints may stiffen; emotionally, your mood may be dreary and your mind may be restless with cabin fever. The change of season calls not only for a change of wardrobe, but for a change of routine. Incorporating regular massage therapy into your schedule can do wonders during the winter months.
Fight the winter chill with these three massages perfect for cold weather:
Hot Stone Massage
When the temperatures are freezing, nothing is better than feeling warm, steamy, and comfortable. Hot stone massage is a sure way to keep you toasty; by applying heated stones to pressure points along your body, you can erase the chills, ease muscle tension, improve range of motion, reduce stress, and relieve back and neck pain. Because the hot stones cause an increase in your internal body temperature, remember to stay hydrated both before and after the massage. Drink plenty of water, and apply moisturizer as needed.
The movement and stretching of this type of massage is ideal for those who suffer from chronic pain or limited joint mobility. The cold often triggers muscle aches, joint pain, and stiffness; Thai massage offers relief by increasing circulation and blood flow and releasing toxins from the body.
Aromatherapy is thought to boost well-being, relieve stress, and help refresh your body. Based upon your physical and emotional concerns, essential oils are selected to heal, rejuvenate, and balance your body and mind. This is ideal to target winter’s sore muscles and cloudy moods (greatly beneficial for those who suffer from S.A.D.).