The benefits of massage for your Allergies
Nope, I’m not kidding! Regular massage can be an effective tool in helping your body during allergy season. I can share a little bit about the science of this and a personal experience.
The watered down science
Our lymphatic system or immune system is our body’s “garbage disposal.” Much of this system lies closely beneath the skin. Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump like the heart to propel its fluids through the body. It relies on our breathing and movement of the joints.
During allergy season our immune system over-reacts to the stimuli like pollen and creates the symptoms we’re accustomed to; itchy eyes, sneezing, hives, etc. We can help our bodies during allergy season by keeping our lymphatic system moving! There are a few ways you can do this.
By moving your joints through activities like walking you propel the lymph fluid through your body and help it to be flushed out of your system.
Two, deep breathing.
This goes along well with exercising, of course, but even on it’s own, sitting and taking some good, deep breaths each day is good for you on many levels.
Getting regular massages before and during allergy season may help lessen your suffering during allergy season! One of the techniques I can incorporate in your massage is called Lymphatic Massage. It’s different that your typical massage used for sore muscles as it uses very light, brush-like strokes that encourage the movement of your lymphatic fluid. I like to include this along with the Swedish technique so to work both your lymphatic and circulatory systems. So, if you suffer every year with allergies, come in and add something new to your routine this year.
My personal experience
I’ve personally had experience with massage being effective for allergies. Prior to studying massage I had year round allergies and needed to take several allergy pills a week. During my studies, when I was getting treatments every week I went from taking a pill a day, year round, to taking one or two pills a month! So whether or not the science speaks to you, I hope my experience does.
If you want to learn more, contact me to schedule your “Wellness Recharger” massage and learn some techniques you can do yourself.