Experts are calling 2020 one of the most stressful years in history. And for many of us, our stress and anxiety haven’t decreased much (if it all) in 2021.
Prolonged stress can wreak havoc on our immune systems, leaving us more prone to pain and illness. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to relax and boost your immune system at the same time?
You’re in luck: That’s exactly what massage therapy does. Keep reading to learn about the link between massage and a healthier, stronger immune system,
The Effects of Massage on Your Immune System
Each year, millions of Americans receive massages to help reduce pain, tension, and inflammation. Others seek massage therapy as a natural way to manage stress and improve mental health. And all types of massage help to improve circulation and move waste products out of the body.
Interestingly, pain has been proven to suppress the immune system. So, it stands to reason that less pain equals stronger immune function.
Does science agree with this theory?
What Does Research Show?
Many studies have examined the link between massage and the immune system. Let’s briefly consider a few.
The first study involved HIV-positive patients. Each received daily 45-minute massages for a full month. At the end of the month, they all showed an increase in serotonin, T cells, and white blood cell count.
In another study, healthy pregnant women received aromatherapy massages with lavender oil twice a month for five months. Researchers noted a significant drop in cortisol (the body’s stress hormone), while positive immune markers increased.
Of course, most of us can’t get daily (or even weekly) massages. Is there any evidence to show that even occasional massage enhances immune function?
Yes! This study from Cedars-Sinai found “measurable changes” in immune and endocrine function after participants received just one 45-minute massage. How’s that for good news?
Other Ways to Boost Your Immune System
We’re all doing our best to take care of ourselves and stay healthy, and massage is just one piece of the puzzle. Before we conclude, here are some other all-natural ways to reduce stress and boost your immune system:
- Spend more time outside in nature
- Write in a journal or work on an art project
- Adopt an attitude of gratitude for the good things in your life
- Improve your time-management skills
- Make time every day to do something you enjoy (reading, gardening, cooking, etc.)
- Limit caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods
- Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night
- Practice relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or Tai Chi
If you combine these healthy habits with regular massages, your immune system will stay strong for years to come.
Ready to Book Your Next Massage?
The results are in: Massage doesn’t just feel great, but it’s also great for you. It’s an all-natural way to boost your immune system and ward off pain, inflammation, and disease.
If it’s been a while since your last massage, why not make it a point to book a session soon? With two convenient locations in Avon and Glenwood Springs, you’re never far from an amazing (and immune-boosting) massage experience.
Use our online booking form or give us a call at 970-748-1600 to schedule your next massage!