The Winter season is thought of as a time of joy, but for some of us, including me, we struggle with this time of year. Along with the holiday mayhem comes shorter, darker days and colder weather.

For most of us, changes in moods and behaviors can occur. We tend to stay indoors, exercise less, sleep and eat more. Sometimes this inactivity can trigger feelings of depression and fatigue.  This is called the Winter Blues.

Did you know that regular massage can help to banish your winter doldrums? Not only does massage feel great, but it has also been proven that it creates actual physiological changes in our bodies.

Massage increases our serotonin and endorphin production, the body’s “feel good” chemicals.  This fosters a general sense of well-being and an uplifted attitude. Your time on the table will leave you feeling renewed and revitalized, clear headed and at peace, and wondering why you felt blue to begin with.

These positive effects can be immediately felt after just one session.   I recommend, for long-term benefits, that you make massage a part of your wellness process.

Start with booking all of your massages for the winter season in advance, a minimum of once a month. I recommend buying a multi-session package in advance so you are more likely to keep your appointments and take advantage of the benefits massage offers. Purchasing packages also has the added benefit of saving you money.

Embrace this winter season!  Decorate, shop, spend time with family and friends.  Be good to yourself and have a happy, healthy, love and laughter- filled, blues-free season.

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As graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage, Ondine has studied Swedish massage, Sports massage, Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Prenatal massage, Reflexology and Trigger Point therapies. With her experience in corporate sales she has first-hand knowledge of how difficult it can be to find balance between mind and body in a fast-paced world. She provides massage therapy that not only decreases muscle tension and pain, but also results in better emotional balance and general well-being.