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Little Known Secret to Boost Your Immune System

Little Known Secret to Boost Your Immune System

by Deborah Shackelford February 21, 2020

Our immune system is our body’s defense mechanism to protect itself against disease.  When it is compromised, it can allow germs to multiply within our body that a healthy immune system would eradicate.  There are many reasons why our immune system could be in a weakened state.  

It is no secret that lack of sleep, chronic emotional stress, chronic disease and depression can wreak havoc on your immune system.  According to an article written by webmd on sleep deprivation and the immune system stated “Studies show that people who get about seven hours of sleep a night have the best survival, and if we get less than six hours of sleep a night, our mortality seems to increase.” 


Massage therapy has been shown to relieve stress and stress suppresses the immune system.  According to, a 60 minute massage is nearly equal to a full night’s worth of sleep.  It feeds the body with oxygen and works out lactic acid.  

Receiving a regular massage one to two times a week not only boosts the immune system, but the National Centers for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says it increases oxytocin and reduces cortisol in the body. According to an articles written by the American Massage Therapy Association concerning the benefits of massage, it is also responsible for enhancing dopamine and serotonin.  It also reducing anxiety.

Finding a good massage therapist can be very rewarding.  Setting up a space in your home or facility where you can get the most from this practice will ensure you get the most from your massage.  Remember to consider what items will aid you in relaxation.  Consider linen, scents, oils, atmosphere and equipment.  Making sure you have quality equipment can be just as important as finding the right massage therapist.  Search to find quality massage tables and many other supporting tools you may need to enhance your experience.  Being on purpose about your health can help boost your immune system and help you body to ward off ailments.  Massage therapy has also proven to be helpful if you already have an ailment.  Please consult your doctor before starting massage therapy.

So, be good to your body.  Take care of yourself.  Train yourself to sleep for at least 7 hours a day and treat yourself to a weekly massage.  It could be just the boost your body needs to strengthen your immune system.