Massage is often seen as a luxurious treatment, but it needs to be seen as an essential instead. After all, is it indulgent to take care of yourself? Definitely not! In winter though, massage can help even more because it serves your muscles on a deeper level.
In the cold of a Canadian winter, physical activity tends to grind to a halt, especially on those blustery days that make getting out anywhere a challenge. But with a good massage, you can keep your muscles primed and ready so you won’t do yourself in shoveling the driveway or simply taking a walk in your neighborhood.
How Massage Helps in Winter
Winter-worn muscles need some warming. When you exercise regularly, you keep your muscles warm and boost blood flow. Less activity means your muscles get stiff and knotted. In time, this can cause mobility issues.
Sore and stiff muscles from a lack of use can lead to injury when you first set out to break the confines from your winter lair. With a good massage though, it warms and stretches your muscles. This friction also helps with circulation and releases tension. By having a winter massage, you will prevent injuries when you get back to your usual activities.
Additionally, there are some winter-specific tasks that you might not be able to avoid. Some of that is shoveling the snow from your driveway. Or you could be ready to head to the ski lodge and test out the slalom route. These activities utilize different muscle groups you usually don’t engage on a daily basis. Even if you’re the sort that still powers through an outdoor run, without realizing it, you compensate in the way you move on slippery and uneven terrain. That all makes it easier to pull a muscle.
With massage in winter though, you can avoid that altogether. Getting regular massages will keep those muscles loose, relaxed, and ready for when you need them.
Winter is a time where more injuries are likely. That patch of ice you didn’t see. Not stretching before going skating. Tensing your muscles while sledding. Even walking differently because your hamstrings are tight from the cold. For all of these things, getting a full body massage can help keep all your muscle groups finely tuned.
Now that you know massage isn’t an extravagant indulgence, you should schedule one regularly to help keep you in good health. You’ll prevent injuries and keep your muscles healthy for the warmer weather after this long, dark, winter tunnel.
If you can’t lift the shovel to dig your way out of your driveway, lift your fingers to call In Your Home Therapy instead. You won’t have to go anywhere, except to your front door to let in an expert, licensed, and insured massage therapist from our team. Best of all, by scheduling appointments on your time, you’ll avoid waiting in waiting rooms and get to enjoy all the benefits of a massage for your best winter health!