What Swedes Can Teach Us About The Sniffles
Missed your flu shot? Book a massage. Not that you need an excuse to get pampered, but new research inThe Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicinefinds that a deep-muscle Swedish massage (compared to a light touch massage) can significantly increase levels of immune-boosting blood cells, called lymphocytes, while also decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Even better, these findings are the result of asinglesession—so you don't have to feel guilty about the splurge. (The American Massage Therapy Association can help find a therapist near you.)
Fighting flu is the latest in a long line of massage benefits. Previous studies show that it can also improve the quality of sleep and reduce high blood pressure, migraines, and lower back pain.
Still, we know how hard it can be to find time and money to indulge. In which case, it's important to know you have other (cheaper!) options.
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