It might be the season of giving, but it’s also the season of sniffling, coughing and sneezing. To prevent these pesky germs from invading us, we calmly employ our ninja-like skills to avoid contact with those affected and readily stock up on hand sanitizer, vitamin C and that great scented hand soap we use after touching, well, everything. Of course, getting a flu shot is on the list of preventive measures as is a good night’s sleep. However, one lesser-known way to boost your body’s immunity of these nasty bugs is through regular at-home massages. Sound too good to be true? Here are three ways a massage works to reduce your risk of getting sick this cold and flu season.
1. Massages Reduce Stress
Stress is inevitable. How stress is treated, however, can help prevent illness. When the body is under stress, the adrenal glands will release cortisol, a stress hormone that is best known for its ‘fight or flight’ responses. When the body is producing cortisol, blood vessels narrow, and the body reduces the production of white blood cells; the same white blood cells that help prevent or defeat nasty bugs and viruses. By taking the time for an at-home massage each night, cortisol (stress) can be reduced thus increasing white blood cell production. The more white blood cells, the more efficient the immune system and the less likely one is to come down with a cold or the flu.
2. Massages Improve Circulation and Lymphatic Systems
The pressure that is applied while using a massager can help move blood through tight areas. The better the blood can circulate, the faster the body can transport cells to help fight off those germs. Improved circulation also increases the amount of oxygen flow, improving the efficiency of the immune system. Massages can even help relieve congestion in the head and chest.
3. Massages Encourage Sleep
When the body is battling a bug, increasing the amount of sleep each night can help. A massage increases the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that aids in the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. The release of melatonin can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. A 3-minute massage can add up to 35 minutes of sleep each night.
Fight off the flu this sneezin’ by taking the time for regular at-home massages. Using Wahl’s Deep-Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager, you can achieve the relaxation of a professional massage from your own living room.