Why not give your body and immune system a boost with a massage! Yes, regular massage can help boost your immune system. It can also help reduce blood pressure and even manage anxiety!
Massage therapy has been practiced for thousands of years in civilizations all over the world, from Ancient Egypt to China and apart from relaxation (which many spas focus on today) it provides a proven range of associated health benefits that are often overlooked in favor of OTC medication.
• Increased circulation – massage increases circulation which means that the blood moves around your body more, bringing nutrients and oxygen to all parts and cells of your body and, at the same time, picking up waste materials and toxins from all over too! That’s why it’s important to drink plenty of water after massage and visit the restroom frequently. That way one can expel as many toxins as possible.
• Increased lymphatic flow – the blood is not the only fluid that’ll be moved, your lymph is stimulated too. This is very important because lymph only moves by muscular contraction and breathing, so it can be a bit stagnant in most people. As lymphatic flow is stimulated, it’ll pick up the toxins that are too large to be picked up by the blood, and then take them to lymph nodes (our cleaning stations) to be removed.
• Increased production of endorphins & serotonin – studies have shown that during massage therapy, the brain stimulates the production of endorphins which are chemicals that regulate the activity of a group of nerve cells in the brain that relax muscles, dull pain and reduce anxiety. Massage therapy also triggers serotonin which is another chemical that generates calmness and feelings of serenity. Once anxiety and stress levels are reduced sleep is improved too.
Therefore massage therapy helps to:
1. Ease pain
2. Helps heal some injuries, especially sports-related ones
3. Manage stress, anxiety and depression
4. Improve sleep
5. Relieve headaches & migraine
6. Reduce inflammation
7. Control blood pressure
8. Boost immunity
But, of course, having one massage every six months is not enough to expect to manage these types of ailments. Regular massage is the key. With touch there is also improved well-being: we are social animals after all. When all these things are taken together, plus the added benefit that it could also help reduce dependency on medication, massage therapy does indeed begin to seem like a forgotten wonder.