Seasonal Allergy Relief

We are fortunate on the West coast that spring has arrived early, however that means allergy season for many sufferers. Hypersensitivity reactions to pollen in the air causes sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and congestion. Massage therapy treatments can provide some relief from these allergy symptoms. Our sinuses are designed to lighten the weight of the skull, help with immune function, and can hold 70-90 mL of air. The mucus membranes lining our four sets of sinuses can overreact to allergens, leaving you feeling like your head is going to explode with extra pressure! Specific massage techniques promote drainage of the sinuses, increase circulation to balance pressures in the skull, and decrease muscular tension. Seeking massage therapy can minimize your discomfort due to seasonal allergies, thereby allowing you to get outside and enjoy the spring weather!

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Glowing Healthy Skin

Do you know what the biggest organ of your body is? Your skin! Massage therapists are very in tune with skin and how we can help improve your health through our touch. The skin plays a major role in protection as it the first layer of defense and immunity. Skin also helps regulate our temperature, produces vitamin D from ultraviolet light, provides sensory feedback, and plays a role in nutrient exchange. Massage is beneficial for increasing blood flow to the skin and gently stimulating the nervous system, resulting in a nice healthy glow!

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Immune Boosting Massage

Massage is one of the ways you can help boost your immune system to prevent colds and flus. Your lymphatic system is a series of vessels and nodes that play a major role in your immunity to infection. Congestion of lymph fluid can be relieved by manual massage therapy, gently easing inflammatory cells out of an area for filtration. Massage has also been shown to increase the number of infection fighting white blood cells in our bodies, thereby improving our defense mechanisms. I am not suggesting that an RMT will cure your cold or flu, however massage therapy is a preventative tool that is all part of your general health and wellness plan. Compliment a healthy lifestyle by washing your hands frequently, getting enough sleep, eating well, fresh air and daily physical activity. As a side note I do not recommend booking a massage appointment if you are feeling feverish. Massage has been shown to help you avoid feeling under the weather, what a fantastic bonus to your immune function!

Relaxation Time

There are 24 hours in a day and in our busy world they seem to fly by! Trying to fit in enough sleep, proper nutrition, productive work time, quality family time, effective exercise, multitude of errands…it is stressful just thinking about it! Running at a high level with your sympathetic nervous system constantly firing can drain your coping mechanisms, often leading to burn out and illnesses. Taking time out to relax may not seem like a realistic priority, but is essential to keep your body healthy both physically and emotionally. One idea is to create a proactive game plan and schedule in relaxation down time like any other appointment in your week/month. Massage therapy fits in nicely with this plan as it benefits not just your muscular system, but also your mood boosting endorphins and improves immune function. Not all RMT massage treatments need to be deep pressure, it depends on your particular needs and sometimes a full body relaxation massage is the best!  Booking ahead for a massage treatment builds anticipation of your upcoming 45, 60, or even 90 minutes of time to just breathe and relax. On those grey dreary days pretend you are on a beach in a sunny place and let the stress melt away…