Massage Therapy can help reduce winter blues

One in five Americans are impacted by seasonal change

Massage therapy shown to improve mood and elevate energy levels. 

 

People looking to fend off the winter blues may find relief by integrating massage therapy into their health maintenance routine. Shorter days and colder temperatures leave many Americans feeling depressed and lethargic, yet studies show that regular massages improve mood and reset circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep and more energy.


Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is recognized as a major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns. A less severe form of seasonal mood disorder, known as the winter blues, impacts an even larger portion of the population. Combined, the two disorders affect as many as one in five Americans, and may be aggravated by the change to Daylight Savings Time. Symptoms include reduced energy, difficulty rising in the morning and a tendency to eat more, especially sweets and starches.

“As we approach the colder, darker months, massage therapy may be an effective method of deflecting common seasonal challenges,” said Jeff Smoot, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Massage benefits the way our bodies react to negative influences, whether that’s weather, anxieties or disorders.”


A growing body of research is documenting the impact of massage therapy for relief of anxiety and depression for people in a wide range of health situations. For example, in a controlled study composed of HIV-positive adolescents, participants who received massage therapy reported feeling less anxious and less depressed by the end of the 12-week study.

A randomized study found women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer benefited from regular massage therapy sessions. The immediate massage benefits included reduced anxiety, depressed mood and anger while the long-term impact reduced depression and increased serotonin values. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter with functions in various parts of the body, works to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning. Massage therapy was also found to improve sleep, specifically by assisting with circadian rhythms, or the body clock. A study investigating the effects of massage therapy on the adjustment of rest to activity, as well as melatonin secretion rhythms in full-term infants, found massage therapy enhanced coordination of the circadian system.
 

 

References: American Massage Therapy Association

Kybella and Lymphatic Drainage

MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) works great for the swelling that occurs after Kybella treatments.  The swelling under the chin and near the ears can last for up to 4 weeks (sometimes longer) after treatment. MLD can reduce swelling significantly in just several sessions.

Kybella is a specialized injectable treatment used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called "double chin".

When injected into the fat, Kybella causes the destruction of these fat cells.  Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

After two sessions I have seen rapid reduction in the swelling for my client that recently had this procedure performed.

LOVE Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Bunion Taping

Bunion Taping, I had always heard that you should use a 'toe spacer' to help separate the big toe from the second toe (which eventually, after many years can lead to 'hammer' toe (I've seen them, and it's not pretty)). 

There are so many theories into why we get bunions, but a fellow student showed me (while in a dissection class) that a tendon under the foot becomes so tight and rigid that it starts pulling the big toe toward the second toe. 

But one new theory says that one of the issues is that there is too much separation between the toes already (see the second picture). I'm not an expert but it makes sense.  I found a great website/video The Ballet Blog that shows how to tape the foot to help align the toe properly (see the picture directly below).  I taped this foot for my client and she felt that it really helped.  The intention is not to eliminate the bunion, but to help stop further movement of the big toe into and eventually under the other toes which eventually causes hammer toes!  Bunions are miserable and are partially caused by untreated (with Massage, Graston or Gua-sha) tight tendons and muscles.

 

Example of taping one of my clients Bunion

Example of taping one of my clients Bunion

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Body Exfoliation & Clay Body Wrap

Body Exfoliation & Clay Body Wrap

Shine, Shimmer, Glimmer and Glow. This summer I will introduce a 'body scrub' to my practice.  A lovely Lime Blossom Body Scrub using a product by Jindilli.  It's one of the only dry scrubs that does not require you to shower after it is applied.  Jindilli uses a sustainably harvested cane sugar in a macadamia creme base to exfoliate and stimulate skin cell regeneration, using cold-pressed Macadamia Oil from a farm in Australia.  Jindilli is not tested on animals and is Eco Friendly.

I will also be introducing a macadamia clay body wrap and face mask, starting with dry brushing,  another wonderful product from Jindilli.