As the desert blooms take over, the season for allergies is here. If you’ve ever suffered the puffy eyes, itchy skin, scratchy throat, and sneezing fits that seasonal allergies can bring, you know it’s no fun. Allergy symptoms can interfere with your ability to perform your daily activities and may leave you turning towards over-the-counter drugs to find relief.
As a non-pharmacological approach to tackling the many annoying symptoms of allergies, massage can help you deal with side effects such as dehydration, dizziness, and mood issues that can stem from taking anti-histamines and steroids. Here’s how massage can help provide much needed relief:
- Reduces Stress
One key way that massage can help reduce allergy symptoms is by relaxing the body’s stress response. Cortisol, the stress hormone your body produces when in duress, can exacerbate allergy symptoms by telling your body to go into production mode. A gentle and relaxing massage is key in slowing down the production of this hormone and instead sending signals to your body to produce dopamine and serotonin instead, both good hormones that help you feel your best.
- Increases Circulation
With the manipulation and pressure applied during a massage session, your body’s circulatory system receives a boost that increases blood flow. This greater circulation of blood brings oxygen and nutrients quicker to areas that need it while also simultaneously removing toxins and waste build up from your muscles.
- Enables Release
Another excellent way that massage provides relief for seasonal allergy sufferers is by encouraging the release of muscle tension and also bodily congestion. Movements like Deep Tissue massage and other modalities that target specific areas like facial massage can aid in dissolving tightness and encouraging movement.
With the pollen counts skyrocketing as our beautiful Painted Desert blooms, make an appointment with one of our professional massage therapists to help you survive any bout of seasonal allergies by harnessing the healing powers of massage.