Even though we have plenty of sunny days throughout the fall and winter season, many individuals in the valley of the sun experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a seasonal depressive slump that occurs during the shorter days.
Those that struggle with SAD often display symptoms similar to those that experience major depression. These often include:
- Lack of energy or focus
- Relationship problems
- Weight gain
- Issues sleeping
- Heaviness in arms and legs
Current research has yet to discover why a reduction in sunlight or vitamin D can trigger this condition, but it is commonly assumed that with less sunlight regulation, your biological clock interference throws both serotonin and melatonin production out of balance.
Massage with a Restorative Touch
Massage can be an excellent tool for managing SAD. Through the application of touch and movement involved in massage, a session can boost the body’s production of feel-good hormones while combating stress and anxiety. A deep sense of comfort, peace, and rejuvenation of the mind/body connection is stoked in addition to decreasing heart rate, and reducing elevated blood pressure, a part of what contributes to the tired and drained feeling.
At Elements Massage Happy Valley, massage is a great way to foster connection and share a healthy touch. If you suffer from SAD, take time to show yourself a little bit of extra love this season with our help.