It's that time of year again... It seems like everyone is getting sick, coughing all over the place, sneezing, and chugging Emergen-C like nobody's business.
Luckily, for you keen-bean, I'll teach you how something as simple and enjoyable as massage therapy can help you stay healthy all year around.
When you receive regular massage, you are supporting your body's natural systems, from all angles. Massage will help you reduce your stress, and you may know that when you're stressed out, especially over the long-term, with low-grade stress, your immune system takes the initial, significant hit. Stress produces an adrenaline rush in the fight or flight response. Chronic, prolonged stress suppresses our immunity and makes us vulnerable to illness and disease. Under normal conditions, your body maintains a balanced state of health. Massage helps to maintain this balanced state, and keeps your low-grade stress at bay.
With regular massage as well, you are moving your blood around the entire body, which means you're also moving your lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system supports the body's immunity function and involves several organs (adenoids, thymus, tonsils, spleen), hundreds of lymph nodes, and a network of vessels. A clear fluid called lymph flows through these vessels and filters metabolic waste through the lymph nodes. These wastes include bacteria, dead cells, fats, fluids, proteins, and viruses. Your lymph fluid is what helps you fight viruses, and helps to keep you healthy all the time. When this fluid is moving properly and being processed consistently, your white blood cells (your virus fighters) are able to do their job and keep you healthy, and those waste products are dealt with in a sustainable way. When we are sedentary throughout the day (hello, desk job...) our blood and lymphatic fluid are not moving around our bodies as well as they're supposed to, and this can lead to suppressing your immune system. Staying active is a huge part of fighting incoming immunity threats, and regular massage is right up there too. It needs to be a consistent part of your health regime to keep you healthy, strong and keep illness at bay, all year around.
While any and all massage types will help you boost your immune system and stay healthy all year around, Manual Lymphatic Drainage takes the cake for the most effective modality. It's a light touch modality, and is performed VERY slowly, to access and fully release the lymphatic fluid from areas that may not get a lot of movement regularly. It's a very non-intrusive modality, and feels amazing when you're finished. Don't be surprised if you do get a little bit of a detoxifying sensation for the next couple of days after your treatment, this is your body actually fighting back anything that's going on in your system, and is a harmless, necessary part of the lymphatic passage clearing.
Try a lymph drainage session SOON, and see how great you're really meant to feel!
I can't wait to help you feel your absolute best, so go ahead and give True Balance Massage a call and we'll get you set up for your best, healthiest winter you've ever had!