During the Fall, the weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and our professional lives get busier with the holidays approaching. Although it’s an exciting and beautiful season, all of these different factors make it extremely important that we’re all taking care of our health and setting time aside for ourselves.
On top of all this, Fall is also known for being the cold and flu season, making it even more important that we’re cognizant of our well-being and constantly working to ensure that we are at optimal health.
At Hopkins Health and Wellness Center in Hopkins and Woodbury, we offer a wide array of health and wellness services like chiropractic care, physical therapy services, DMR method therapy, medical services, and massages.
Today we’re going to talk about massage therapy, and why you should definitely get a massage this Fall (not that you need convincing, right?).
Did you know that massage can directly help you fight off (or at least prevent) the cold and flu? It’s true! Massage has been shown to boost the activity of white blood cells in one’s body. White blood cells are essentially the defenders of the immune system, attacking and neutralizing threats to your health. As the massage increases your white blood cells’ activity, they will be on higher alert, dealing with bacteria and viruses quickly so you don’t end up sick.
In addition to increasing the activity of your immune system, research has suggested that massages also lower the molecules responsible for inflammation as well as cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress.
These also contribute to keeping you healthy! Decreased stress levels and inflammation can directly influence your health, and keep you from catching a cold.
In addition to preparing your body’s immune system to fight the cold and flu, massages can also help improve the levels of hormones that help us fall into deep, effective sleep cycles. Not only does getting good, deep sleep simply feel great, it also gives your body the time it needs to recuperate and recover from your day-to-day life. This also contributes to preventing sickness.
We can’t lie, we love the cold weather. Getting cozy, wearing sweaters, eating hearty foods — it’s a great time! That being said constantly feeling cold or being unable to warm your body up is not fun. This is where massage comes in. Massage effectively increases the patient’s blood flow after their session.
It’s important to note that in order to make this effect a sustained one, a person would need consistently receive massages to maintain an increased level of blood flow. Increased blood flow doesn’t just help you stay warm, though.
Returning to the previous point, increased blood flow also allows for the white blood cells to better circulate throughout the entire body, which results in more efficient responses to foreign threats like bacteria or viruses. Additionally, increased blood flow allows the body’s organs to perform their jobs optimally, so it’s an all around great thing.
You Deserve It
Finally, you should get a massage this Fall because you deserve it! Massages not only have certain wonderful health benefits, but they are also a great, relaxing form of self-care. For the entirety of the massage session, you get one person who’s completely focused on caring for and relaxing you.
And during Fall, who doesn’t need a bit of time for relaxing and self-care? Not only is the Fall one of the busiest times at work, but it’s also one of the busiest times in our personal lives. The holidays are on the way which means planning travel, coordinating festivities, buying gifts for loved ones, decorating the home, and much, much more.
All this creates the perfect blend of constant stress throughout the season. It’s easy to get consumed and overwhelmed by everything that is going on and that needs to be done. And once again, this is where massage comes in! Massages are proven (as we mentioned above) to reduce the stress hormone, and they additionally feel wonderful.
In our opinion and experience, massages are the perfect remedy to the hectic stress associated with the Fall and holiday season.
Hopkins Health and Wellness Center
At our Hopkins Health and Wellness Center locations in Hopkins and Woodbury, we offer elite massage therapy services that you can enlist to gain the amazing benefits we’ve been discussing in this blog. We specialize in deep tissue massages, sports massages, visceral manipulation, trigger point therapy, and craniosacral therapy. This means that we have the skills and methods to tailor your massage experience to your specific needs, wants, or conditions. All of our massage therapists are extremely skilled and licensed, so you can feel confident that you’re in good hands.
In addition to our massage therapy services, we also offer physical therapy, chiropractic care, DMR method therapy, and medical services, making us a perfect one-stop-shop where you can receive all of the health and wellness services you’re looking for.
When you’re ready to get a massage from one of our amazing massage therapists, schedule your appointment! We can’t wait to help you.