It's finally September! Virgo season, my birthday is on September 13th, and it's a time for transition. Time for swapping our tank tops and shorts for sweaters and sweatpants, changing our orders from ice coffee to pumpkin spice lattes, and yes, this pretty much applies to everything else we do, including what time we go to bed. Many of my regular clients know that each season we must transition into the next phase of care for their wellness treatments. As part of this transition, we discuss what changes are happening in their lives and what they endure mentally, physically, and emotionally (don't forget seasonal depression is a thing, y'all!)
So enjoy the last few days of what's left of summer and start preparing to shift to a slower pace for fall. Speaking of, have you booked your massage appointments for fall yet? If not, here are a few reasons WHY you need to book a massage STAT!
1. You're more active during the summer.
Because the sun's out, you're most likely participating in summer sports and activities like running, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and doing more walking. Even though regular exercise is good for your health and helps keep you flexible, it can also lead to dehydration and improper positioning. After a season of participating in summer activities, it’s important to help your body recover before temperatures drop and joint pain can increase.
2. Summer footwear has been your go-to.
Summer is the perfect time for flip-flops, Birkenstocks, and other open-toe shoes or clogs, but too often we’re walking for long periods of time without the proper support. Summer footwear often allows for unfavorable ergonomics and can result in back pain and poor posture.
3. You might suffer from seasonal depression.
Remember what I said, seasonal depression is a thing! We, Seattlites, should know better than anyone else! The summer sun can help those with seasonal depression, but there may be anxiety about the upcoming change to winter. If you suffer from seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), regular massage can help.
4. You haven't been getting enough sleep.
With longer days comes shorter nights. Many people find it difficult to get their recommended 8-9 hours of sleep each and every night in the summer. Massage is proven to improve sleep and increase serotonin levels according to studies on backpains.