A Great Excuse to Get a Massage

germ-virus-sick_300Here’s a good—if not a bit luxurious—way to fight back during cold and flu season: Get a massage. Research shows that it can keep your immune system in top fighting form.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, studies in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the effects of Swedish massage therapy on the body’s hormonal response and immune function, and found that participants who received massage therapy had an increase of lymphocytes (cells that boost the immune system and help shield the body from harmful substances). Also, not surprisingly, those who got massaged had lower stress hormones, which can also help to defend the immune system.

Some health insurances even cover massages, which you can check with your provider. To find a local qualified massage therapist, search your zip code on www.findamassagetherapist.org.

Learn more about boosting your immune system.

COMMENTS

  1. Robin Crawford

    I have said for a while that any health reform should include monthly massage session and pedicures. Happy feet for everyone!

    January 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  2. CarolMoore

    Yes. Massage therapy is really an effective technique for various diseases. Massage on a regular basis can heal and control many diseases. Just we need to make sure about the expertise level of the therapists, so doing some research before starting the treatment. You can find the therapists on popular business listing sites as well as in the directories for massage therapists.

    February 19, 2014 at 5:48 am
  3. Annie Leroux

    Another quick and guilt free massage idea: I would highly recommend using The Massage Buddha for a quick, at home massage option. They offer affordable Thai and Swedish massages, with a focus on Eastern and Western massage practices. If you are in the Los Angeles area, I recommend checking them out: http://www.themassagebuddha.com

    April 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm
  4. Sarah Massai

    Another quick and guilt free massage idea: I would highly recommend using NourishNode for a quick, at home massage option. They offer affordable massages of all types, with a focus on Eastern and Western massage therapy. If you are in the Los Angeles area, I recommend checking them out: http://www.nourishnode.com

    April 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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