Fall allergy symptoms including runny nose, itchy eyes and nose, coughing, watery eyes, and dark circles under the eyes can become a lingering annoyance. Yes, over-the-counter medicines do help, but they don’t take away all the symptoms. Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider massage for the relief you need.
Although studies have shown that we sleep the most in October, that doesn't necessarily mean we are getting the best sleep. As the days become shorter and the nights longer, our biological clock could get disrupted. For some, the changes are hardly noticeable, but for others, it can make us feel out of whack. Massage has been proven to increase levels of serotonin
in the body, which decreases our stress and improves sleep.
For some, the change of seasons can bring more stress than usual. While stress does not cause allergies, it can worsen the symptoms you already have. Stress
releases hormones and chemicals, including histamines, into your bloodstream. Histamines are chemicals that produce allergy symptoms. Massage lowers your heart rate, improves breathing, and elevates your mood
which can help reduce stress. In addition, massage can reduce aches and pains in areas like your neck, back, shoulders, and other areas that tense up where you carry stress.
Combine stress with lack of quality sleep, and our immune system's ability to naturally protect itself against illness is reduced. Massage increases circulation and reduces stress, which will decrease the chance of you getting sick. It also increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses.
"According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease. A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system." (Source)
So, if you are feeling the effects of allergies, come to our studio and we can help relieve those symptoms. The best part is that you'll leaving feeling blissful and refreshed!