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Massage Therapy for Immune System

You may have noticed the signs in the pharmacies and at various doctor’s offices preparing us for flu season. Every year, we take all of the preventative measures that we can, ensuring that we stay healthy, and keep those nasty colds and flu bugs away from us! Maybe we get the flu shot, stay away from others who are ill, and become careful about getting enough vitamins and minerals—but have you thought about getting periodic massages?

That’s right—massages. They aren’t just a luxury; they act as the body’s way of building the immune system. Of course they feel wonderful, make us more relaxed, ease our aching muscles, and provide our minds with a quiet bliss. While massages do all of this, they also produce measurable changes in the immune system and the endocrine system of healthy adults after just one massage according to researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Imagine the benefits that routine massages can provide!

Many times, we get colds or the flu when we are feeling stressed out and tired. When we feel like this, our body has the daunting task of fighting off the attack under already poor conditions. Taking care of our minds and bodies will help our body prepare for the fight! Getting sick is inevitable, but we can greatly decrease the response time for our bodies to recuperate from illness.

Massage therapy works by increasing the number of natural “killer cells” and lymphocytes which helps to fight off illness. Massage has also been shown to reduce the amount of the stress hormone, cortisol. If we can decrease our stress levels, we can more easily bounce back after sickness.

Getting a massage also increases the effectiveness of the circulatory system which is responsible for bringing nutrients to the cells in our body. The circulatory system also aids in removing toxins from the body.

Give the CNY Healing Arts Center nearest you a call to find out more about our individualized massage therapy treatments:

Syracuse-
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

Albany-
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
518.724.5750

Rochester-
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

Help for Fall Allergy Season Sufferers

Fall means apple cider, pumpkins, the fresh smell of fallen leaves—and the return of allergy season for some people. Whether it’s ragweed, mold—or both that affect you, we at CNY Healing Arts Center wanted to share a few things below that can help prevent and alleviate some of your symptoms.

Clean up your leaves
Wet piles of fallen leaves are prime breeding grounds for leaf mold, and while leaf mold is valuable to your soil, it can send you into a frenzy of sneezing fits if you’re allergic. Clean up fallen leaves promptly, before they get wet and moldy and if at all possible have someone who is not allergic do it.

Clean your filters
Staying indoors when pollen counts are high is the most effective way to cut down on both mold and ragweed reactions—but not if you’re pumping in pollen from outside. Take the time now to clean or change your furnace filters, since ragweed pollen persists long after the temps turn cold.

Take vitamin C
Vitamin C has antihistamine activity. Taking supplements has been reported to help people with hay fever in preliminary research. Consider 3,000 – 6,000 mg of Vitamin C in divided doses, per day. Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin, might act synergistically with Vitamin C as both have antihistaminic activity. Some doctors of natural medicine advise people with hay fever to take 400 mg of Quercetin two to three times per day.

Your diet
Be sure to include these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet such as avacodos, extra virgin olive oil, ginger, omega fatty acis and tumeric. Diet can greatly influence allergic responsiveness or lack of it.

Get a massage
Massage Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Massage not only treats those parts of you which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.
Massage for allergies can help clear mucus from the nose and throat.

Please feel free to contact us at the CNY Healing Arts Center nearest you if you would like more information or relief from your seasonal allergies. Click here for Contact Info.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage – What’s it good for?

The Licensed Massage Therapists, at the CNY Healing Arts Center offer many different modalities of Massage Therapy. One of the most important of these modalities is Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) is a very gentle and rhythmic massage technique used to increase lymph flow through the body. Lymph is the fluid that passes through our lymphatic system. The lymphatic system consists of lymph vessels, nodes, ducts, our spleen, thymus and our tonsils. This system filters harmful substances from the fluids in our tissues.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage stimulates our immune system by moving stagnant fluids more quickly through our lymphatic system. This massage technique is also very relaxing. The slow rhythmic and gentle movements stimulate the body’s parasympathetic system, reducing the “fight or flight” response.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is useful for improving a variety of physiological conditions including:

  • Edema (Swelling)
  • Scarring
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Enhances skin appearance and health
  • Reduces and prevents cellulite
  • Detoxifies our bodies

**People who suffer from allergies benefit from this type of massage by clearing the sinus passages and boosting their immune systems. Swelling in and around joints can be lessened in just one session of LDM. Patients have reported “..feeling lighter and more mobile than [they] have in years..” The movement of lymph through the body detoxifies our tissues and increases our overall health.

In Happiness and Health,
Samantha E. Mullen, LMT
(518) 724-5750

 

Therapeutic Massage at CNY Healing Arts

CNY Healing Arts, Massage RoomThe art of Therapeutic Touch has been practiced for thousands of years in cultures all over the world. It is physically, mentally and spiritually beneficial to all of us! In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, massage therapy can help you obtain great self-awareness and an over-all well being.

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Promotes Relaxation
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Improves Mood
  • Increases Circulation
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Benefits Posture
  • Increases Range of Motion
  • Decreases Pain
  • Speeds Recoveries
  • Improves Sleep Patterns

We offer many different types, or modalities, of Massage here at CNY Healing Arts

  • Fertility Massage
  • Maternity Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage