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Massage and Allergies: How a Massage Can Help Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

May 25, 2017 05:42PM
by Matthew Hersh
The immune system is very closely linked to seasonal allergies. When the immune system is compromised, seasonal allergies are more severe and can cause sneezing, dry/itchy eyes, nasal congestion and headaches. Massage is a drug-free way to boost the immune system, relax the nerves and relieve sinus pressure. Combining regular massage, with proper nutrition and exercise can provide a significant decrease in allergy symptoms.

Seasonal allergies are a result of the immune system activating and attempting to remove the allergen. In the spring, there are many plants coming back to life. The greater the variety of flora in the region, the more potential allergens floating are around in the air. Male plants release a powdery pollen for reproduction. When pollen is found in high concentrations, there is a greater risk for seasonal allergies which can develop over time or manifest suddenly. Either way massage therapy can be an effective, drug-free treatment for allergy symptoms.

There are various massage techniques and modalities that can help boost the immune system and relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. Swedish massage is designed to improve circulation and leave the client more relaxed. Relaxation is vital to proper healing, because when you are stressed the cortisol in your system is weakening your immune response. Massage can increase blood and lymph circulation, which has a direct effect on detoxification. Pain can be a major source of stress, as well as prevent you from sleeping well at night. Sleeping well at night is one of the most important factors to proper immune function and healing. Studies show that massage helps pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, immune system, sports injuries and many other areas that can have a direct or indirect effect on seasonal allergy symptoms.

Getting regular massage is fun, but also important for overall health. Seasonal allergies effect many people, especially in areas with a high density of various of plants. Proper immune function is key to alleviating seasonal allergy symptoms and massage therapy can be a highly effective way to regulate and/or boost the immune system. The benefits of massage are not limited to seasonal allergies, and for more information, contact your local massage training school or practitioner.

Matthew Hersh, is a registered massage practitioner and on staff at Potomac Massage Training Institute. Massages are available at student clinics, starting at $39 per hour.  For more information, call 202-686-7046 or visit


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