A great reason massage should be a part of your plan for well-being...it can strengthen your immune system! 🙌
Massage increases circulation of both the blood and lymph. As the circulation is increased, the distribution of white blood cells throughout the body is more evenly distributed, which increases their effectiveness. With the increased circulation, nourishment is also getting distributed more effectively helping to decrease the likelihood of being overrun by pathogens and increases health. Clinical studies have shown that massage not only helps alleviate stress (an immune suppressant) by decreasing cortisol and increasing the hormones serotonin and dopamine, but can naturally increase the immune system's activity level of "killer cells" and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body's overall immune function.
The immune system needs support year round, beyond cold and flu season. We need a strong immune system to fight off viruses, bacteria, parasites, allergies, asthma, hives and even your reaction to something like poison ivy. The list goes on and on with what we need our immune system to be strong enough to fight for us.
Luckily, massage is an easy and relaxing way to relieve an overworked immune system and help keep it strong.