Spring Forward with Massage Therapy

Spring is here

During the winter months, it’s easy to neglect our bodies. We stay inside to
avoid bad weather and avoid venturing outside at all costs !
The garden is neglected – surely nothing needs doing in the garden and
anything that does can wait until better weather and don’t even get started on
fitness regimes. Who wants to go for a run in the snow, wind or rain.
It’s fair to say that it’s out of sight out of mind until…one day…the
sun makes an appearance and it begins to feel a little warmer. Then we decide
to attack the weeds in the garden, cut the trees, or sign up for the marathon
we always promised we’d do. This is when we should do some prep work on
our bodies making sure that our attempts at becoming active, don’t lead to
back pain, sprained joints or something worse.

Firstly, you should assess your fitness and flexibility levels. If you’ve spent a lot
of time indoors on the couch since October, you’re likely to be a bit out of
condition and stiff. Muscles need regular stretching and movement to stay
healthy and supple, so diving straight in to three hours of garden maintenance
as soon as the clouds break, could easily result in fatigue or muscular pain the
following day.

Massage helps to relax and soften injured and overused muscles and
also help to prepare them for events like runs, walks, and sporting
competitions. It figures that if you’re going to be using your muscles, tendons
and ligaments for the first long time after a period of inactivity, a massage will
help loosen the tissues ready for action. Massage helps to increase circulation
around the whole body, which also means shorter recovery times after activity.
Another reason for a spring massage is that it can help boost
serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter – a chemical your
body makes in order to help you feel good. Sadly, production can
drop in winter months due to a lack of sunlight.
A regular massage will really
help boost levels of serotonin and dopamine in your body, helping you to
stabilize your mood and kicking away those winter blues.
Plan and book a series of regular massages pre-spring and I guarantee you will
really feel the difference…