Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Cold and Flu Season and Massage by Andrew Wolfe,LMP
Bump up your immune system with a massage.
Harvest is upon us again. It is a time to gather and take in the bounty of our labors. It is also a time of reflection, a time to look within and assess our needs; to take inventory and appreciate what we have. In the medical community and with the reminders in the media, we realize it is also cold and flu season, a time when we can deplete our immune system. When this happens not just the individual suffers but all those around them do also.
As a society we have been informed of communicable diseases and how they are spread. There are many over the counter products as well as pharmaceuticals available to take in order to relieve signs and symptoms of the cold or flu. However, prevention is always the best means of intervening in the disease process. It is the responsibility of the individual to maintain their own health and well being.
You’ve heard of taking vitamins, eating healthily, drinking plenty of fluids, exercising regularly and getting adequate amounts of sleep. Have you ever thought about the act of getting a massage as a health benefit?
There are health studies , one specifically in the October issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, which found that getting even just one massage boosts your immune system. The study conducted drew blood samples from the test patients prior to and after a massage. One group received a vigorous Swedish massage and another test group were provided light touch massage. This study found that the patients who received the vigorous Swedish massage had a beneficial change in their blood levels, improving their immune system compared to the other group.
Relaxation is not the only benefit of massage therapy. Eliminating toxins is another benefit. Detoxification with massage therapy, is the elimination of toxins and byproducts in the system by way of the lymph and blood through the muscle manipulation and movement of the tissues. Stress, especially when exposed long term, adversely affects our bodies.
Massage therapy need not be just for those seeking pampering. There is a wider audience than ever before looking at the rehabilitation, disease prevention and maintenance of health through massage therapy. It is a natural and effective means of maintaining health and creating a positive sense of well being.
Dollar for dollar the time spent in getting a massage from a qualified professional LMT is an extremely economical and health-full way to boost your immune system and maintain vigorous health. Why not schedule a massage today?
Andrew Wolfe, LMP is a licensed massage practitioner based in Arlington Washington and has 23 years of full time private practice and can be reached 360-653-4657 or http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com. Check out his face book page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-WolfeLMP-Harmony-Licensed-Massage-Therapy/145287