Improving the Male Immune System with Massage

When most people think of male massage, they think massage used to promote relaxation and well being in men. And while this is certainly one aspect of massage therapy, it can also be used to boost the immune system. In fact, the regular application of massage can promote an increase in white blood cells, which are responsible for attacking foreign invaders within the body like infections and cancer.

It’s unclear as to what causes this reaction, and more study needs to be done, but preliminary research suggests a reduction in stress allows the body to heal itself more efficiently. When you’re stressed, your body produces cortisol. This hormone reduces the number of white blood cells in the body and leaves you more susceptible to infections and diseases. But if the cortisol level is reduced, the number of white blood cells increases, which also helps to improve immune function. Male massage is thought to help accomplish this.

Having regular massages can reduce stress and improve your health physically and emotionally. Not only will you feel calmer and more relaxed, your body will function better and will be more capable of fighting off diseases. It might sound far-fetched, but it’s really not. Numerous studies have been conducted that show male massage reduces stress and improves immune function, including in those with cancer and who are HIV-positive.

The kinds of massages you get don’t necessarily seem to matter. Whether you require a deep tissue massage to get rid of knots and tension in the neck and shoulders or you just want a general relaxing massage, the effects seem to be the same on your overall health. Additionally, these results are found in women as well as men.

So what does all of this mean, exactly? In short, adding massage to your routine and lifestyle shouldn’t be looked at as a mere luxury. The implications a regular massage could have on your health are astounding and are worth considering. You don’t have to make a big commitment at first. Schedule an appointment for one session and see how you feel. You’ll likely feel relaxed, of course. With time, add more sessions to your schedule. It is with regular therapy you should really begin to notice a change in how you feel. You’ll likely get sick less often, feel more alert, and sleep better. The inclusion of massage in your life can change it for the better, so why not give it a try?

About Doug Powell

Doug Powell, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and therapeutic massage therapy. He is a graduate of the Orlando Institute of Massage Therapy where he finished his studies at the top of his class. He has practiced professional massage therapy in Orlando since 1996 and is a member of the Massage Network and International Massage Association. If you suffer from chronic muscle tension, pain or persistent stress, discover how my professional services can help you! Get Well and Stay Well My goal as a natural health care practitioner is to encourage the body and mind to regain and maintain their normal function. Indeed, when you create health, dis-ease disappears. As you help the body regain it’s normal function, many health problems resolve naturally. Some of the conditions I have successfully worked with include: low back pain joint pain neck and shoulder pain chronic low energy/weakness stress overload Is This Work Right for You? People come to me for a variety of reasons. For many, a weekly massage serves as an antidote to stress or as a recuperative phase of their fitness program. Others are looking for help with chronic pain or injuries. The services I offer are tailored to meet your needs whether you are ill, in tip-top shape, or somewhere in between. The goal is to increase your wellness: your vitality, your ease of movement, the function of your body, and your peace of mind.
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