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  • Writer's pictureJulie Haufe

I struggle with seasonal depression and low energy. How can massage help?

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

You are not alone. One in five Americans are impacted by Seasonal Affective Disorder which leaves many people feeling depressed and lethargic. For many who suffer from various types of related disorders, the first step is visiting with a trained mental health professional to talk about what you are experiencing. Professionals are beginning to better understand how a combination of treatment options can be beneficial and massage therapy is showing great promise in alleviating depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder. In the United States, almost half of adults will experience a mental health challenge during their lifetime. Routinely providing the body with massage therapy creates positive changes in the chemistry of your body.

Studies show that regular massages can improve mood and reset circadian rhythms leading to better sleep, and more energy. Massage therapy has also shown to significantly reduce the stress on both physical and psychological levels with a significant decrease in heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. Other physical aspects like blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels were lower after only 10-15 minutes of chair massage in controlled studies. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can lead to difficulty losing weight, high blood pressure, diabetes, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

Working with a licensed massage therapist to help determine the best type of massage, how often to come in for therapy, and how long it may take you to experience positive results is important to your outcomes and your overall experience. As a licensed massage therapist with over 15 years of professional experience, I am pleased that Statera offers a full custom massage menu to address the needs of every individual. Please check our website at for a complete list of our massage and other services.

We look forward to serving you and addressing your personal needs soon!

~Julie Haufe, LMT

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