Prevent cold and Flu with massages

Prevent cold and flu with massageThe temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter, and outdoor activities are slowing down. Winter is slowly creeping in, which means that cold and flu season is also upon us. But surely massage and illness are unrelated, right? Wrong!

Keep that Circulation Flowing
Massage plays a crucial role in increasing circulation and providing stress and pain relief throughout the colder seasons. Improved circulation increases body warmth, provides healthier blood pressure levels, and increases the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Treat your body to a warm and relaxing massage to ease those muscles!

Boost the Immune System
Improve immune system function and increase your body’s stamina with regular bodywork, a healthy diet, and be sure to maintain a regular exercise schedule. Send those lymphocytes on their mission to do what they do best. KA-POW, infection!

Keep the Winter Blues at Bay
Massage creates positive changes in the endocrine system where hormones are formed. Hormones affect mood, desire, depression, alertness, sleep, hunger, sense of touch and sex drive; the balance of which are very important for the well-being. After receiving bodywork, cortisol levels are decreased (the nasty hormone responsible for stress!), and oxytocin levels are raised (the happy, contentment hormone). What better way to cheer yourself up than with a massage!

Enhance your state of mind and overall well-being with regular bodywork. (And of course, try to maintain a regular exercise schedule!)

References and Further Reading:
http://www.discover-massage-therapy.com/benefits-of-massage-physiological.html
http://www.healthy.net/Health/Article/Supporting_The_Immune_System_With_Massage/716
http://directory.mimivanderhaven.com/blog/a-massage-when-you-are-sick.html
http://www.massagetradesecrets.com/contraindications-avoid-massage-therapy
http://shearchaos.net/five-winter-excuses-to-get-a-massage/

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