Don’t have time to be sick? Can massage therapy help?
Many people are under more stress than they realize. When I sit down with a client and ask them about their lifestyle and to quantify their stress levels, its interesting because they suddenly become aware of how stressed they really are. Its almost like they don't even have time to think about their current reality. They're overcommitted, overwhelmed and feel out of control in relation to jobs, relationships and other responsibilities.
Immunity is affected greatly by stress levels.
Massage therapy can help. Research shows that regular massage strengthens your immune system and increases your chances of staying healthy.
Stress releases hormones in the body that contribute to decreased immunity, increased inflammation, depression and anxiety which leads to illness. Massage counteracts the negative effects of stress.
Clinical studies have shown that regular massage therapy receives stress and naturally increases the immune system's cytotoxic capacity (activity levels of the body's natural killer cells) and decrease the number if T-cells, which improves the immune system function.
One study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center focused on healthy adults. Multiple blood samples were taken from participants before and after they had a massage. Results of the blood test showed that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune and endocrine systems.
When breast cancer patients received massage at least once per week, their immune cell levels rose, according to a study published by the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
The immune system can be effectively strengthened by massage therapy from as little as one session.
Which massage should I choose?
It depends in your health and current condition.
The “Classic Massage” offered here is fine for regular maintenance including stress reduction. The new “Immunity Boost Massage” goes a few steps further for those who have additional factors affecting their immunity such as poor circulation, smoking, excessive “partying” or re-occuring illnesses. The “Immunity Boost Massage” includes gentle dry brush exfoliation to promote toxin release by improving circulation, plus deeply relaxing and healing massage using organic aromatherapeutic essential oils to strengthen and support the immune system. The style of massage in this session will depend on your current condition, and can include long, slow strokes, light lymphatic pumping, or vigorous detoxifying massage.
Let’s talk about your needs to customize a plan just for you.
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