Massage and the Autumn Equinox

Massage and the Effects of the Autumn Equinox

The Autumn equinox has come and gone and on Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends. The entire Earth and its vast population experience the equinox and less light and are affected by these changes.

There is so much to consider with nature during the Autumn. The Earth is not on its usual 23.5 degree axis tilt causing day and night to be approximately the same length; the season changes, ushering in the cooler temperatures; plants and trees wither for the year; animals hibernate or follow the sun; and ocean tides change, to name a few examples.

With so much change to our environment humans are inevitably affected as well. Melatonin levels decrease causing sleep disturbances. Less daylight drops our daily vitamin D levels and can cause depression and seasonal affect disorder. We are affected right down to our cellular level. Much like the ocean tide, our bodily fluids are pulled during the equinox. We are made up of 70% water! Have you ever noticed that flu and cold season arrives at approximately the same time?

Our ancestors spent most of their time outdoors and were more in tune with how the Autumn affected them. They would celebrate the change of season with ceremonies, dance and ritual fasting. We should take note of how the autumn equinox affects us. Proper diet and forcing the same sleeping habits are a good start. Consider meditation or tai chi to stay centered.

Massage therapy is an excellent way to boost your immune system, maintain healthy sleep patterns and fight depression through the amazing changes the Earth brings us.

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Resources: www.timeanddate.com/calendar/september-equinox, https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know, www.eatyourwaybacttohealth.co.uk/is-the-equinox-making-you-sick, www.livescince.com/8639-change-seasons-affects-animals-humans

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