Seasonal Changes, Well Being & Massage Therapy.


I was lucky enough to have spent almost three weeks of the summer in a sunny hot place. I could feel the positive effects of weather, sun and social bonding.

Now back in London with the season changing and less sunny days available, I can appreciate the need for more pampering and work on my wellbeing. Other than regular exercise and self-reflective work, I find Massage Therapy to be a great source of well being at this time of year.




With touch being a primal human interaction and social grooming activity, it makes sense that massage could assist to create a sense of well being and feeling good.

Research has found that massage therapy can reduce stress hormones and increase mood-stabilizing brain chemicals, (neurotransmitters) which may help those with chronic pain and low moods, when used in combination with other treatments.

In general, researchers believe that massage supports healing, boosts energy, reduces recovery time after injury, eases pain, and enhances relaxation, mood, and well being.

Massage is useful for many musculoskeletal problems, such as lsg_health_structural_integration1_280ower back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, sprains and strains.

Massage may also reduce pain and improve quality of life, decrease swelling, alleviate sleep disorders, and can improve self -image.

Also, massage may reduce depressive symptoms in people suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Most massage therapists use a variety of massage techniques in a massage therapy session to best address your health and wellness needs. As the field of massage evolves more techniques are introduced, however, the four common types of Massage Therapy are:


Swedish: The most common type of massage, now often referred to as Holistic massage, created to relax and energize you.

Deep tissue: For muscle damage from an injury, such as whiplash or back strain.

Sports: To help prevent athletic injury, keep the body flexible and help recovery.

Chair: Massage of the upper body, while fully clothed and seated in a special portable chair.


Whether its winter coming, other mental, emotional or physical motivation, or just because you’d like to treat yourself well, you might want to consider massage therapy sessions at Shine.


Omer Harpaz

Massage Practitioner, Integrated Bodyworker and Homeopathic Practitioner.