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Massage for the Winter Blues


Spring is almost here. But at this time of year, many people are experiencing some winter blues. WebMD reviewed more than a dozen studies that revealed how massage can fight depression by lowering cortisol levels.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (Winter Blues)
Massage can combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (The Winter Blues)

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs seasonally, typically in the fall and winter when there is less natural sunlight. Massage therapy can offer a range of benefits for individuals experiencing SAD, helping to alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being. 

One primary advantage of massage for SAD is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. SAD is often exacerbated by elevated stress levels, and massage has been shown to lower cortisol levels while promoting the release of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.

Circadian Rhythm

Massage can help regulate the circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock that governs sleep-wake cycles and other biological processes.

SAD can disrupt this rhythm, leading to disturbances in sleep patterns and exacerbating depressive symptoms.

Through its impact on the nervous system, massage can assist in restoring balance to the circadian rhythm, potentially improving sleep quality and overall mood.

Isolation and Loneliness

The physical touch and human connection involved in massage therapy contribute to a sense of comfort and emotional support.

This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with SAD, as feelings of isolation and loneliness are common symptoms.

Massage provides a safe and nurturing environment, fostering a connection between the client and the massage therapist, which can help combat the emotional challenges associated with SAD.


Incorporating aromatherapy into massage sessions can further enhance the benefits for individuals with SAD.

Certain essential oils, such as lavender and citrus scents, are known for their mood-lifting properties.

The combination of aromatherapy and massage creates a multisensory experience that can positively impact mood and emotional well-being.

If you or someone you love is experiencing the winter blues, schedule a massage today and help get through this last push before spring.

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