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Massage and Your Health this Fall

Massage and Your Health this Fall

Geri P.

The crackle of crisp fall leaves crunching underneath your feet. The brisk breeze that blows by your face. Finding that first frost covering your flower bed. The awesome array of auburn and orange flung across the forests. Fall in New England. There’s nothing like it!!! But, all that beauty and wonder don’t come without challenges. The changing temperatures can confuse our bodies, causing our systems to not work their best, which makes us more vulnerable to illness.

Colds, allergies, and even the flu (influenza virus) seem to rear their ugly heads most often at this time of year. We can easily let ourselves get run-down and when we do, we become easy targets.

When we’re tired, our immune systems can’t fight off germs as well, and we’re more likely to get sick.

Thankfully, we are taught to take precautions to help prevent the spread of infection. You know what they are - wash your hands frequently, sneeze into your elbow, get plenty of rest, don’t put your hands to your face, use hand sanitizer, stay hydrated, etcetera. These effective strategies help protect us against getting sick as well as from sharing our germs with others around us.

Would you like to do your best to opt out of the infection-insanity this fall and winter? I think we all would! According to the American Massage Therapy Association, AMTA, “A growing body of research indicates massage therapy can benefit the immune system, especially important during winter months.”1 What wonderful news!!!

Including massage therapy, there is plenty we can do to increase the odds that we’ll stay healthy; and prevention is the very best medicine. As such, we can each also do our part to keep the spread of germs to a minimum and help enhance the health of the communities in which we live and work. This means that if you do get sick, catch a cold, or simply feel like you’re “coming down with something,” take care of yourself. And take care of the people in your lives.

We encourage responsibility when it comes to health. Know yourself and know your limits. Take the proper precautions to contain the spread of infection.

We’d love to see you for a massage, but while there are great benefits to getting massage when you’re feeling well, receiving massage when you are under the weather doesn’t have the same effects. Massage affects many of the systems in the body and while research indicates how it can positively affect immunity, it’s best to reap its wonderful benefits when the body isn’t preoccupied by fighting infection. But, when you’re recovered feeling well, your body will thank you for treating it to an immunity-boosting massage this fall!

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