Nothing seems more uncomfortable that those first signs of a cold. Once you feel that telltale tickle in your throat or the first sniffle of congestion, it’s too late. Symptoms of the flu or colds can emerge about a day to four days after you’ve been exposed to the virus. Then you are left at the mercy of whatever over-the counter flu and cold remedies you may be able to find at your drug store. But if you take the right precautions, you can save yourself a lot of trouble and Kleenex.
The key to staying on top of the ball is tied closely to sleep. When your body is poorly rested, you are more susceptible to illness because your mind and body are taxed, unable to function properly.
In a recent study, 153 healthy people were exposed to the common cold virus. Those who slept fewer than 7 hours were almost three times more likely to develop a cold than those with 8 or more hours of sleep.
With massage as a part of your routine, catching up on sleep at night will come much more easily. Massage therapy is proven to reduce stress hormones such as cortisol and release endorphins. Feeling more relaxed and at ease after a massage, you will quickly drift into a more restful sleep at night.
Studies show, that Massage could be the key to preventing cold and flu, creating a more healthy, happy, and productive you.
The body’s level of relaxation is significantly correlated to an improved immune system and ability to fight against bacteria and infection. When the body is relaxed, NK cell numbers, the body’s “killer cells,” are increased. When you are stressed, these numbers decrease rendering the body much more likely to catch a cold.
Furthermore, the rejuvenating touch of massage does wonders for the circulation and lymph systems. By increasing the movement of fluid, blood and lymphocytes, the entire body is nourished and more efficient in destructing and removing harmful waste within the body. This also helps to regulate blood pressure and increases the flow of oxygen—both of which improve the immune system.
We all know the annoyance that comes with cold or flu – the sinus pressure, sore throats, coughing, headaches, etc. Before you get sick, treat yourself to a Massage and skip the misery entirely.