Seasonal Affective Disorder – Don’t be S.A.D. be Happy!
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D)
Symptoms of S.A.D.
The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are similar to depression, just that it occurs at certain times of the year.
Symptoms are mild at the beginning of Autumn/Winter and can get progressively worse as the daylight diminishes, and almost always spontaneously disappear with the arrival of spring and longer daylight hours. Many people experience symptoms such as:
Low mood, depression, feeling miserable
Overeating and craving carbohydrates and chocolate – leading to weight gain
Loss of libido
Relieving the symptoms of S.A.D.
In previous years, treatment would have just been with prescribed medication, but it has been found that light therapy is effective in up to 85% of diagnosed cases**.
Medically certified S.A.D. lightboxes are available to hire or purchase and should be used every day for the recommended time as per instructions with your particular unit during winter time.
Make time for exercise to burn calories and release feel-good endorphins.
Try to find time to be outdoors as much as possible for a minimum of 15 minutes – weather permitting!
Massage is also a great way to relieve the symptoms of S.A.D. as it helps release feel-good endorphins, lowers blood pressure and stress levels and improves energy levels. By having regular massages symptoms of S.A.D. are less intense.
I had a wonderful, relaxing pregnancy massage with Paula at 40 weeks. She made me feel comfortable, safe and most importantly really worked on my aches and pains! She also did a bit of reflexology to help encourage labour (at my request). Paula was professional and her clinic was spotless. I would highly recommend.read more
I was gifted two post-natal massage sessions with Paula as a Christmas present. Best gift EVER! Exactly what I needed to treat my aching back and shoulders.
The toll of pregnancy, labour, and three months of lifting and breastfeeding an ever growing baby had left me with aches, pains and stiffness in my back and shoulders.
Paula worked wonders releasing the tension and even two weeks on the aches and pains are much released.
I’m really looking forward to my next massage and would definitely recommend! I’m just sad I didn’t go sooner as can imagine it would have been amazing during pregnancy too!read more
So relaxing and Paula knows her stuff! 33 weeks pregnant and felt comfortable throughout. My leg cramps have been so much better since this massage and Paula gave some great advice.
I hope to make it back before the baby arrives.
Thanks Paula!read more
I have been suffering from sciatica like pains since very early on in my pregnancy and it has only gotten worse as the pregnancy progresses ( I am now coming up to the 3rd trimester) . Fast forward a week on from my first pregnancy massage appointment with Paula, the pain has gone and I cannot thank Paula enough for this! I am very much looking forward to my next session!read more
I’ve been going to Paula in the last year for various fertility issues and have experienced her fertility massage which was very relaxing and well recommended , from that we decided the best treatment for me was fertility reflexology which was perfect as I suffer a lot from stress and worrying and this helped keep me relaxed and feel pampered . Paula was also a great comfort when I needed to talk about my fertility journey. I also have the relaxing reflexology which was an extra 15 mins of pampering focusing not just on fertility, pure bliss. I am currently in my first trimester of pregnancy so waiting until my second trimester to start pregnancy massages. Paula is a very calming person as well as professional and brilliant at what she does. Thank you Paula and apologies it’s taken me a while to write a review.read more
Very enjoyable relaxing experience! I had a pregnancy massage at 38 weeks and Paula made such an effort to make sure I was comfortable throughout! I felt so totally at ease and left feeling so much looser and more relaxed! I didn’t want it to end! Will definitely be returning for another massage after the little one arrives! Thank you Paula.read more
Very professional, calm and reassuring.
Paula clearly knows what she is doing and I got everything I could ask for from my treatment - I left feeling extremely relaxed and will definitely be booking in again! Thank you.read more
Very profecional,calming and pleasant atmosphere. Paula is an amaiaing therapist, massage was great, felt so relaxed, at the same time my muscles was treated where needed tention was relieved.
Highly recommend to everyone, especially to the mum's to be.
Booked my next one already, can't wait 🤗🤗read more
I had my first massage with Paula at 37 weeks and only wish I'd done it sooner to fit more than one in! Paula was so friendly, made me feel at complete ease and knew exactly how to make a heavily pregnant woman feel comfortable! The massage was very relaxing, enjoyable and relieved my aches and pains. Thank you so much! Think I'll be booking a postpartum massage too...!read more
A wonderful massage in a beautiful setting. Paula is an expert in her field and the pregnancy massage I had was by far the best massage I’ve ever had.
Paula came recommended to me and I would thoroughly recommend her too!read more
Went to Paula for maternity reflexology before being induced. Can only say positive things, I enjoyed the session so much and will be going back! Paula is friendly and professional and makes you feel at ease, she is very good at what she does and I left feeling incredibly relaxed and refocused.
Many thanks!read more
Amazing massage!! This isn't some rubbish spa day massage; I went from feeling stiff with crunching shoulder joints to a bowl of jelly during the course of the hour :-P You can tell Paula really knows what she's doing; she takes the time to listen to, and address any areas of concern. Thanks so much :-)read more
This was my first visit to Paula and I was extremely impressed. Paula made me feel at ease and her treatment room was beautiful. I have never had reflexology before but I left feeling completely relaxed and I would definitely recommend her to others.read more
Thank you Paula for such a relaxing session of reflexology. You put me at ease immediately and your treatment room was a lovely and peaceful environment. I would not hesitate to recommend you to any one looking for reflexology or massage. Many thanks Debbieread more
I had a reflexology massage with Paula on Saturday to help with general pregnancy related aches and pains and it was utterly wonderful! My very swollen feet and ankles had halved in size by the end of the day and are pretty much back to normal now! Will definitely be booking again.read more
I have been visiting Paula for massage since I was pregnant with my first child 7 years ago. I am now not pregnant but absolutely love Paula’s beautiful set up and her professional approach.
As a physiotherapist and massage therapist myself, I find it hard to relax during a treatment from someone else, but Paula has a perfect balance between working on areas that need work on, and making the treatment relaxing and enjoyable.
I recommend Paula to all of my pregnant clients and everyone I know who has been treated by Paula has had an excellent experience. I can not recommend Paula high enough.
Sarah xread more
I’ve had 2 appointments with Paula now and have been thoroughly impressed both times. She really listens to your aches and pains and individualises the treatment accordingly. I leave totally relaxed and refreshed and would highly recommend her treatments to any expectant Mum.read more
My husband found out about Paula whilst searching online for a specialist to treat me as part of my Christmas present to a pregnancy massage. I felt really relaxed and had complete trust in Paula as she massaged away my aches and pains. I have just scheduled my next massage with her! She even identified that I could be suffering with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome when I mentioned an issue with my feet and the doctor has since confirmed this. Thanks Paula! xoread more
I went to Paula for a maternity reflexology session. I’d never had reflexology before and it worked a treat! Paula was was lovely and it was a very relaxing experience. I left her house feeling like I could walk properly for the first time in weeks. Looking forward to going back for my second session!read more
I first saw Paula in late pregnancy when I was experiencing severe back pain. That was three and a half years ago and I now see her on a regular basis to keep my back and neck pain-free. Her massages are the best. Whilst they are perfect for relieving aches and pains, her techniques also make for a relaxing, enjoyable experience.
She was my saviour when heavily pregnant and she continues to keep me mobile and pain free.
I tell myself I go to keep myself healthy (which is true) but really I go because it's such a treat and I love it.
Thanks Paula �read more
I saw during my pregnancy and postnatal. She is an absolute genious, without a doubt the best massages I have ever had. What really helps is that Paula genuinely listens to you where your aches are. You are arrive at Paula's walking in and melt the door! Couldn't recommend enough!read more
I love my pregnancy massages with Paula, she works wonders on my back aches and pains, but mostly I always leave feeling so relaxed! I will definitely continue to use her post delivery too. Thanks Paula �read more
Best pregnancy massage I've ever had. Paula is really an excellent professional holistic practitioner. I've also had a few post natal massages with her after my 1st child was born and she worked her magic on all my aches and pains after the labour.read more
Paula is quite simply magical! I have gone to Paula throughout my pregnancies for massage and reflexology and I just can't recommend her enough. Paula also helped me with fertility reflexology which worked in the first cycle!! I confidently recommend my clients to Paula and just wanted to say thank you for being so wonderful and offering me a calming and relaxing escape from the every day!read more
Paula is both incredibly friendly and fantastic at what she does! She immediately puts you at ease and makes you feel completely comfortable. She's happy to chat during the massage or stay quiet if that's what you prefer. Very very highly recommended.read more
I can honestly say that she is one of the best I had in years, certainly in UK. I come from japan where people expect very high standard massage as it's everywhere! I had trouble finding good place in Surrey/London area until today! I loved every bit of her massage and her very professional but very relaxing correspondence. I can't wait for my next appo next week!read more
I visited Paula when i was 37 weeks pregnant and the massage I had was fabulous. It was the most comfortable and relaxed I had felt in months. Paula is very professional and her therapy room is stunning. I will definitely be returning for a post pregnancy massage now my little lady has arrived!read more