Massage Therapy for reducing stress and boosting your immune system 18 May 2022

No one can deny the restorative healing power of massage. It can reduce pain, depression, anxiety, and stress, along with boost our immunity. All of these factors influence our mental and physical well-being.  Massage is known to help reduce pain by increasing blood flow, easing inflammation, and reducing muscle tightness. This, in turn, can help improve our quality of life.
It’s a well-known fact that individuals who have a high level of stress are more prone to injury and illness. Reduction of stress, is another benefit of massage. Stress is known to raise your heart rate, cause elevation of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can raise blood pressure, cause headaches, digestive problems, sleep problems, affect memory and concentration issues, to name just a few. These all affect our immune system and can make us physically ill. Chronic stress impairs your body’s inflammatory immune response, increasing your susceptibility to infection.
Research has shown that receiving regular massage therapy helps boost our immune system by increasing the circulation of lymph and blood flow throughout the body. Massage increases the activity of white blood cells that help our body fight diseases and may help with reduction of cortisol.