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Recent medical research has shown that massage therapy can actually help to boost your immune system. Massage therapy can increase serotonin as well as increase the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells,” which can strengthen the immune system and help the body to fight off viruses.

This is especially relevant now that cold and flu season is upon us.

People who suffer from weak immune systems can benefit from massage. Massage helps the body to restore harmony and a feeling of wholeness. This can help the body to restore its self-balancing capacity in times of illness. Massage also stimulates the lymphatic system. This can help people who are weakened from illness and do not exercise regularly. Massage therapy helps to improvement blood circulation and, nourishment of the entire body.

Massage may help to produce additional biological effects that have a positive effect on the immune system, such as lowering blood pressure and decreasing the body’s water retention.

Most of us have experienced, at one time or another, that we are more vulnerable to infectious illnesses such as colds or flu.  When we look back at those times in our lives when we became sick, we can usually see that we were run down, stressed out, or taking on too much at one time.

The holiday season can easily bring sickness upon us – we are trying to do too much, and are often in crowds of people, exposing us to the harmful bacteria that cause colds and the flu.

During the cold and flu season, it is important for us to take care of ourselves with proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and plenty of exercise and activity.

If you find that even though you are taking good care of yourself, you are still unable to resist the germs that are causing colds and flu, adding a regular massage therapy appointment into your schedule may be the boost that you need for your immune system during this hectic time of the year.

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