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3 Ways Massage Helps Prevent Colds and Flu

It’s that time of year again.  The beginning of cold and flu season is upon us. Are you ready?  Maybe you went and got the flu shot already, or maybe you started taking more vitamins and supplements to help boost your immune system to ward off the common cold and flu. It’s time to make sure that you are diligent in washing your hands and disinfecting surfaces.  No one likes getting sick, especially with all the upcoming holidays.  Are you doing enough to help prevent getting sick this year?  Have you thought about adding massage therapy to your list of things you should do to help stay healthy this cold and flu season? No?  Here are some reasons why you might want to consider adding regular massages to your preventative routine this year:

  1. Massage helps boost your immune system.  It helps activate and increases the circulation of white blood cells in your bloodstream.  These white blood cells help fight off viruses and bacteria that cause infections and illness.  With this extra boost to your immune system, massage helps promote your body’s natural defense to fighting off colds and the flu.

  2. Massage reduces stress levels.  It is well known that massage helps manage stress and relaxes us.  Stress can cause our immune systems to weaken, making it more likely that you will get sick.  It’s been reported that 75-90% of doctor visits each year are due to stress related illnesses.  Help ward off colds and the flu by reducing your stress and relaxing so your body can work its magic like it was designed to do.

  3. Promotes a more restful sleep at night.  Massage not only helps to relax you, but it also helps produce serotonin and melatonin hormones, both of which promote a deeper, more restful sleep at night.  Getting quality sleep each night is the best way to recharge yourself.  Think of it like giving your phone a full charge each day. When you are fully rested, your body can function at its best and help fight off colds and the flu. It is usually recommended to aim for 8 hours of sleep each night to help keep your immune system strong.

Receiving frequent, and regular massages this cold and flu season can help you prevent from getting sick this year.  It is quite an enjoyable option for preventative care. It helps make you feel better, more relaxed, and boosts your immune system to help keep you healthy.  If you haven’t already done so, find a local massage therapist that you like and book regular massage appointments with them all season long.  See how you feel and stay healthier this cold and flu season. 

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