East Bay Massage: Massage and the Immune System

Happy Holidays! 

To keep healthy during this cold and flu season, be sure to take some time out of the hustle and bustle for massage. In addition to relaxation and relief from muscle fatigue, bodywork helps keep the body healthy by increasing the germ-killing cells in the immune system. This is the body’s way of protecting us against this season’s inevitable exposure to bacteria and viruses. Additionally, massage improves circulation overall within the body, making it more effective in delivering those killer cells to areas of the body under siege from germs that would otherwise send us to bed with a box of tissue. Aromatherapy oils can be added to your session to enhance your body’s natural defense against sickness– eucalyptus can help to clear the sinuses, peppermint cools the body and calms digestion, and lavender helps to maximize the body’s natural relax response to soothing touch. Massage is infinitely more enjoyable that a flu shot– why not bolster your immune system the natural way? Shot or not, your body will benefit from massage by relaxing into fighting off infection.

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East Bay Massage: Boost Your Immunity with Massage This Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season is upon us! This time of year, we make choices about how to keep ourselves healthy. What that looks like can vary from person to person– whether you get the flu shot or fastidiously avoid it, use hand sanitizer, wipe down the shopping cart, or take immune-boosting supplements, there are a lot of ways to ward off illness.

Did you know that massage boosts the immune system, too? Massage increases the number of lymphocytes in the body– those cells that protect the body against illness. In just one session you can help to mobilize your body’s natural defenses against the common cold or the flu. Check out the study from The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine¬†here.

Defend against the flu this season the natural way by getting some bodywork– like I always say, massage feels good, and it’s good for you, too!

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