Boost Your Immunity with a Massage

A growing body of research indicates massage therapy can benefit the immune system, especially important during winter months

People looking to fend off cold and flu as the winter months arrive should consider massage as a way to increase immunity. Regular massages have been shown to make the immune system stronger, according to studies.


“Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions,” said Jeff Smoot, 2015 President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Those same benefits can translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses.”


Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease. A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system.

Remember, only receive massage therapy when you’re healthy.

What the Research Says

In a controlled study composed of HIV-positive adolescents, participants who received massage therapy showed enhanced immune function by the end of the 12-week study. The immune changes included increased white blood cells knowns as natural killer (NK) cells, which provide rapid responses to viral-infected cells.


An additional randomized study found women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer may benefit from massage therapy for enhancing dopamine and serotonin while also increasing NK cell number and lymphocytes. Immediate massage benefits included reduced anxiety while the long-term impact increased serotonin values, natural killer cell numbers and lymphocytes, which work to strengthen the immune system and cognitive function during sickness.


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The massage, Thai massage and Reiki energy healing modalities offered at Divine Spark assist in facilitating access to a person’s internal resources to assist him/her in solving problems, reducing pain, recovering from injuries, relieving fatigue, reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, relieving depression, increasing motivation, relieving insomnia, improving quality of life, improving overall physical vitality or altering behavior patterns to create positive change. However, these therapies are not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy. Divine Spark does not practice medicine or psychotherapy and their services are not a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric care, or medical treatment. No service or product provided is intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness, psychological or mental health condition.