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SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder by Naomi

SAD is sometimes known as "winter depression" because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter. The exact cause of SAD is not fully understood, but it's often linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter autumn and winter days. The main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the hypothalamus working properly, which may affect the production of melatonin, seratonin and the body's internal clock (circadian rhythm), in turn making us feel incredibly low, irritable, teary, unsociable and lethargic.

The main treatments for SAD are very similar to those of depression (with an addition of Light therapy) and you just need to find what works for you. Getting outdoors, eating well, getting more sleep, talking, just generally anything to increase those seratonin levels.

We are so interested here in the therapeutic benefits of our beauty and holistic treatments. If we can help you or your loved ones even a tiny bit, we would love to.

The lift a pop of colour on your nails can give you shouldn't be underestimated! When your head lowers and your eyes start to look toward the ground, your line of sight is interrupted by those beautiful blues or reds or yellows and they make you smile and lift your head back up and walk a bit taller.

The relief you feel to talk to someone impartial, with no judgement while you're here for your treatment can actually do you the world of good. Talking to a trained professional is obviously very beneficial and adviseable if needed but sometimes just the opportunity to unload your thoughts or worries with someone unconnected can help lighten your load. Sometimes you just need to say something out loud to unravel it all from your head and we are always here with a listening ear, no judgement and complete discretion.

Whether you are here for a relaxing, holistic treatment or a beauty treatment that will make you feel great, the hour or two away from your busy and demanding life with all the focus on you maybe just what you need. Sometimes you need to step away from all the demands on your time and energy and let someone look after you. We are here to do exactly that! Whether that is in a quiet, soothing treatment or a chatty, beauty treatment we will ensure you feel looked after and your time with us is exactly that 'your time for YOU'.

Massage therapy has been noted to significantly alter the biochemistry of

humans both immediately following massage sessions and over the course of

massage therapy treatment periods. Having a massage or facial can increase your seratonin, dopomine and endorphins leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and stress free. We have some lovely Ashmira Botanica Spa Rituals that also include chimes and a singing bowl to further increase your stress relief and relaxation. We want you to leave here feeling as good as you possibly can and a deeply relaxing Spa treatment might be just the thing to improve your mood.

And finally, laughter!! You can often hear either myself or Emma giggling from the treatment room, or the pair of us laughing as you arrive at reception. We are never short of a few laughs here and love it when you join us for an hour or two of laughter therapy!! (Please note, we are not actual qualified laughter therapists, we just love a giggle!!).

So come and join us, have a treatment that makes you feel brilliant and have some laughter (or peace and quiet!) along the way. We would love to do whatever we can to improve any SAD symptoms you maybe struggling with, or any other mental health issues you are having. Our mission is to give you the best treatment, in luxury and comfort, to make you feel the best you possibly can.

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