Massage therapy can help you navigate through the upcoming winter months and stay healthy. Regular massage can provide advantages beyond relaxation. People who experience high stress tend to get sick more than others.
When stress is combined with too little sleep and poor nutrition, the body’s ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced. During the cold and flu season in the winter, the body can suffer when under stressful situations. Massage strengthens the body’s immune system, which improves the body’s overall function.
Regular massage therapy helps boost the immune system. When the immune system is stronger, the body is more prepared to defend itself against those cold and flu viruses going around the workplace, school or even your home during the winter months. Make a promise to yourself to stay healthy during the long winter by scheduling regular massage appointments.
To put it simply, doing something nice for yourself and taking a break from the everyday routine is going to boost your mood and reenergize you. When you have a massage, you have at your disposal someone who gives you undivided attention and takes a vested interest in your well being.
In addition, massage therapy eases aches and pains, and stimulates blood flow, improving circulation to cold extremities. It gets those joints moving better and flushes your lymphatic system, pushing out the remnants of those cold and flu bacteria of winter.
Maybe you’ve been hunched over your computer in a cold office or slumped on the sofa in front of the fire – muscles get tight and the cold outside makes them tense up more. Massage releases muscle tension and releases endorphins, which can help you to cope with temporary discomfort and improve your overall mood.