Month: July 2012

Strengthen Your Immune System with Massage Therapy

With the seasons changing, you might feel your immune system starting to work overtime. Studies have shown that a simple massage can do more for your body than just a little relaxation! Massage therapy is a great way to boost your body’s immune system naturally. It’s very common to have a weaker immune system during stressful times when your body is run out. Massage therapy boosts your body’s immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells. These white blood cells target and protect your body from infections. Along with this, massage therapy also boosts your body’s antibody production and reduces the production of the cytokines which cause pain and swelling.

Massage therapy is also known to increase your immune system’s cytotoxic capacity, which is the activity level of the body’s natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell. Also, it can improve the body’s overall function of the immune system by decreasing the number of T-cells.

Beat this year’s cold and flu season and start getting regular massages. By boosting your immune system you’ll protect yourself from all of the germs that spread throughout the year.  For more information on how massage therapy can boost your immune system, please visit: http://www.massageenvy.com/benefits-of-massage-therapy/strengthens-the-immune-system.aspx

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Protecting Your Skin From Summer Rays

With summer rolling to an end, it’s time to get in those last minute trips to the beach. For some, this involves soaking up as many rays as possible. With temperatures hotter than ever, it’s important to protect yourself from any type of skin damage. Sunburns aren’t the only way the sun can damage your skin. Prolonged sun exposure also causes brown spots, red scaly spots, dry wrinkly skin, and skin cancer. Most of us get lazy when it comes to protecting our skin, but it’s important to protect our skin under the scorching heat of the sun.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to cover up. If you’re at the beach or the pool, stay under a big umbrella. If you’re desperate to cool off in the water, consider wearing a big hat and a long-sleeved shirt. The sun’s rays are the most powerful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it’s crucial to stay covered during these hours.

It’s also important to make sure you apply sunscreen. A thick coat of SPF 15 (at the very minimum) will reduce the harmful rays of the sun by 50 percent. If you’ll be going in the water, waterproof sunscreen works best! Be sure to apply 20 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun, and reapply it every two hours. If you have fair skin, or are sweating or swimming, you should reapply more often. To be extra cautious, apply a layer of sunscreen before bed. This allows it to be thoroughly absorbed into the skin before going outside.

Another great idea for skin protection is to get a Vitamin C Facial. This scientifically proven spa facial was made specifically to reverse the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.  The included antioxidants also help to reduce effects from smog, pollution, and stress. The facial provides pure Vitamin C directly to the skin to maximize protection. You can also purchase a Radiant Skin Renewal Kit. This helps to fade sun spots and age spots.

For more information about the Vitamin C facial, and other facial options, please visit: http://www.massageenvy.com/facials.aspx