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Can Massage Help Relieve My Springtime Allergies?

Can Massage Help Relieve My Springtime Allergies?

The stuffy nose.  The itchy eyes.  The constant scratchy throat.   The way your conversations with co-workers have been reduced to caveman-like grunts of allergy definers. 

Them: “(Snort) Tree pollen.” 

You: “(Hack) Ahh.  Grasses and mold.”

Them: “Allergy pills?”

You: “Nah, nose spray.”


Our wildly warm winter, while so lovely to experience while it was happening, has led to a whopper of an allergy season.  It triggered earlier-than-normal symptoms, and has caused a greater concentration of allergens in some areas.  Dr. Clifford Basset, founder and director at the Allergy and Asthma Care of New York also blames the higher environmental allergy count on climate change.  “[Climate change] is causing more carbon dioxide in our environment, which in turn tells a lot of plants to produce more pollen, and the pollen itself is more supercharged and more powerful."


Allergies can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from a sore throat and congestion, to hives and overall itchiness.  They develop when a person’s immune system mistakenly identifies a certain environmental substance as a threat, and reacts accordingly by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to fight off the perceived offender.  This, in turn, tells the body to produce histamines and other chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.


While over the counter medication options can provide help, massage can be a valuable, all-natural tool when it comes to allergy relief.


  • Massage helps encourage circulation and lymphatic drainage all throughout the body.  Specifically, allergy sufferers might especially find relief with massage work that focuses on lymph nodes in the neck and face.  Also, certain facial massage techniques can encourage the drainage and decongestion of sinuses. 


  • Did you know that stress can make your already annoying allergies even worse?  When you’re stressed, your body releases additional histamines, prompting even greater allergy symptoms.  Receiving a massage can lower the stress hormone cortisol, making you feel a lot better, both physically and emotionally.


  • There are even spots in your feet that, when worked on by your massage therapist, can trigger healing in the parts of your body affected by allergies.  Through our Integrative Reflexology program, your therapist can use the ancient healing practice of reflexology to encourage allergy relief.  For example, an area near the balls of your feet are linked to your lungs, a point near the tip of your big toes are connected to your sinuses, and an area on the undersides of your second and third toes are linked to your eyes. 


While we can’t promise that full-body massage or Integrative Reflexology will eliminate your need for over the counter allergy medications, we do believe that massage can be an important tool in your “health tool belt.”  And if you’re suffering from allergies this season, it’s worth it to explore massage, and see if it can help.  Massage may allow you to suffer a little less, or require less frequent medication.  At the very least, you’ll walk away feeling more relaxed, having your stress hormone lowered, your muscles lengthened and loosened, with an increased level of circulation, and will likely get a better night’s sleep.  Give us a call; we look forward to helping you be the healthiest you can be. 

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Comments (2)

Susan Hoffman on Apr 28, 2017
My daughter made an appointment with you folks on my recommendation.( I go to the Newburyport elements) My daughter scheduled an appointment this morning on line. A call was made to her this after noon while she was driving on I 93 in Boston. My daughter missed the call, then called back to ask if she could call back in a few minutes minutes after 5Pm when she was done driving in order to give Elements her credit card information. The Customer service agent said no and that she would cancel the appointment if she didn't get a card number now. ( 4:45pm) She told my daughter to pull over because she had the job on hold all day and she wouldn't hold it any longer. MY DAUGHTER HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS WHILE IN BOSTON TRAFFIC because she couldn't pull over. My daughter is a grown woman who works hard and puts in an 11 hour day teaching and commuting.

What is with this agent of yours? Was this really necessary? I may have rethink my membership. Depending how shes treated (and she is concerned at this point) she may not get one at all. Please speak to your folks.

Susan Hoffman

Elements Massage on May 08, 2017
Hi Susan, we are so sorry that this has happened. We apologize for any inconvenience or frustration. Our studio informed us that they had reached out to you to resolve the issue, but please let us know if you have not heard from them yet. Let us know if there is anything else we can do at this time, and again, we are so sorry about all of this.