Massage Therapist Susan

Health Benefits of Massage During the Winter
in Western New York

Buffalo NY is in the winter days already. Leaves had fallen and the cold winter breeze starts to blow. The snow starts to fall, and before you know it, the day had become shorter and the familiar winter gloom hits you again. For most of us here in Buffalo, where the winter tends to become bitterly cold, this is sort of nothing new.

Winter is great, for the first few days, but as the cold dark days go by, we get slower and even a bit less motivated. Worse, for some of us, the cold weather brings stuffy nose, chapped lips, dry skin, body aches, and joint pains. Good thing, you could always get a massage to fight off these things. Maybe, a massage is the way to keep your winter woes at bay. Here are some of the health benefits of massage that will help you get through these cold winter days.

Boosts Immunity

The cold weather together with our lack of physical activity and lack of sunshine will surely increase our chances of getting sick. Colds and flu are very common during the winter, that’s why keeping our immune system strong during this time is very important.

Getting a massage like our Wellness Massage and Chair Massage helps our lymph nodes to drain faster and improve white blood cell circulation. These white blood cells are responsible for fighting off bacteria, viruses, and keeps infections and diseases away.

Improves Blood Circulation

The cold weather affects us in many ways we don’t know. One of these effects is constricting our blood vessels thus decreasing blood circulation in the body. This also increases blood pressure as the vessels constrict as well as bring muscle aches, numbness, and joint pains.

Massages like our Deep Tissue/Myofascial and HotStone Massage greatly improves circulation by stimulating muscles and blood vessels. It also improves oxygen distribution in the body, increases body temperature, and lower blood pressure.

Our Champissage/head massage is also a great way to help to clear stuffy nose as it improves circulation in the head and decongests sinuses and blood vessels.

Moisturizes the Skin

One of the most common and unavoidable concerns during the cold months is having dry skin. The cold harsh wind and low humidity strip out moisture out of our skin making it dry and sensitive.

Our signature Paraffin Treatment and Wellness Massage uses essential oils that are great for moisturizing the skin and locking in moisture to keep your skin soft and hydrated even with the harsh weather. They also improve blood and oxygen circulation into the skin to keep it healthy and glowing.

Relaxes the Mind

As if the dark gloomy weather is not enough, the winter season also brings with it the holiday season where most of us stress about things like what gifts to give and what dishes to cook for your guests and family.

These things really take a toll on the mind and stress most people out. Getting a massage relaxes the mind and de-stresses the body making you on top of anything that the winter and holidays have to throw at you.

Improves Mood

The cold gloomy weather is perfect for cozy relaxing and staying in, but the lack of physical activity and dark ambiance makes some people really gloomy. SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is very common during these months.

Sunshine actually stimulates the brain to release serotonin – a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. This is why many of us feel sad during the cold dark winter. Getting a massage like our Wellness Massage, Thai Massage, and Myofascial Massage makes the body and mind feel better and release endorphins or pleasure hormones as well as serotonin. Massage oils like lavender oil also stimulate and improve mood.

With the cold winter setting in and the busy holiday season fast approaching, it is important to be on top of your game and have a good physical and mental well-being. Good thing, you can always book a massage whenever you feel gloomy or lazy.