Studies Show Massage Therapy Benefits Seasonal Affective Disorder Sufferers
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, February 10, 2014, 06:27 PM EST
Did you know that 10-15 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression brought on by winter's darker days? In addition to depression, SAD can cause fatigue, irritability, erratic appetite and sleep, loss of libido, and a weakened immune system. Fortunately, SAD is often treatable through a combination of therapies and lifestyle changes, including massage therapy, which has been proven to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, hormones responsible for mood elevation and improved appetite and sleep.
A recent study by University of Florida professor Chris Janiszwewski found that the sense of sight is trumped by the sense of touch in people suffering from depression. As reported by science writer Jena Pincott, he concluded that touching and being touched are restorative because they signal the presence of a protector. Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the first contemporary researcher to record symptoms of SAD, has suggested that sufferers reduce their stress and spend time around supportive people.
Jeff Weisman, Regional Developer, Massage Envy Spa, sees massage therapy as a healthy and affordable complement to traditional medicine. Members at his spa enjoy the cumulative benefits of monthly massages for treating the winter blues and the more serious SAD.
In addition to massage’s endorphin and energy boosts and lowering of cortisol levels, Bob Weisman, also Regional Developer for Massage Envy Spa attributes the added benefit of regularly spending 60-90 minutes of uninterrupted time with a professional who is supportive and comforting to his members’ satisfaction.
There are 23 Massage Envy Spas in central and northern New Jersey, including one in Paramus. To learn more about a location near you, please visit: http://www.massageenvy.com/locations.aspx.