Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD, is a mood disorder brought about by a change in season, where the amount of sunlight a person is exposed to daily is greatly reduced. Sunlight releases endorphins in the body and has an effect on regulating melatonin in the body, creating an overall sense of vitality and well-being. This disorder affects 10 percent to 20 percent of the population in the United States.

Massage therapy has a profound powerful effect, lessening muscle stress and releases toxins from the body, to provide vital relief from the aches and pains brought on by the change of season. Massage is vital for increasing circulation and providing stress and pain relief throughout the colder seasons

Those affected by SAD are impacted by sleep disturbances, such as oversleep or insomnia, weight gain and cravings for sweets, carbohydrates and starches, as well as experiencing fatigue, depression, irritability and anti-social tendencies.

Massage has been used in the treatment of SAD, and it is reported to help with depression, stress, anxiety, circulation, improved sleep and improved energy levels.

  • The positive effects of massage treatments can be felt immediately, but for long-term effects it is advised to receive between two and four treatments a month during fall and winter seasons.
  • As well as relieving the symptoms of SAD, massage is also beneficial in relieving back pain, headaches, PMS, respiratory issues and boosting the immune system

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