So you’ve made the decision to get a massage from me but maybe you’re unsure about the length of time you should choose. I’ll go ahead and say it, everyone can use a 90 minute massage. I understand financial and time constraints but if you are on the fence, just go with the 90 minute. A full body relaxation massage can be done in an hour. A full body massage with one focus area can also achieve results in an hour. However, if you’re wanting a full body massage and need some neck work and that left hamstring is locked up, an hour is not really enough time. Bumping up to 90 minutes allows time for multiple areas to receive focus.
- those who exercise regularly have slight differences in their immune system compared to those who don’t exercise regularly
- these differences may have many protective benefits for our body and within the immune system itself
- a major difference is a decrease in prolonged inflammation for those who exercise regularly, for example, in people with heart disease (researchers argue that this decrease in inflammation can help to play a role in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes)
Researchers have also found that for those who exercise regularly, the immune system has a blunted stress response. This indicates the immune system has adapted to regular exercise and can tolerate this kind of stress much better. Just like our muscles adapt to exercise over time, so does our immune system.
Time to Get Moving
In general, it’s fair to say that research has shown that regular, moderate physical activity can be beneficial to your immune system.
If you are just beginning to exercise more often, here are some tips:
- Take your time. Your immune system and the rest of your body will need time to adapt to regular exercise.
- Start at a duration and intensity level you can easily manage. For some that may be 30 minutes, for others, it may be 10 minutes.
- Keep in mind that positive changes in your immune system are just one small additional benefit you will get from regular exercise. There are many other health benefits as well, such as improved cardiovascular fitness and endurance, and improved flexibility, muscle strength and balance.” -From healthyalberta.com
Also, a little self promotion, Lymph Drainage Therapy can boost your immune system by increasing the production of lymphocytes. Receiving a short treatment, or adding it into a massage, can help with sinus drainage and getting over a lingering illness.