It’s that time of the year when trees, grasses, and weeds let go of those pesky pollen particles into the air. Sure, they’re useful to help fertilize plants and pretty flowers, but they can wreak havoc on us humans, causing sneezing, congestion, runny noses, and watery eyes. While there are over-the-counter remedies to help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies, massage is a great complementary therapy as well.
Because the calming power of touch through massage therapy can reduce the level of stress hormones, improve circulation, and heighten a person’s state of relaxation, massage in turn strengthens the immune system, lessening the reaction to some allergens. Here are 5 massage techniques that may help some allergy sufferers find relief.
Allergies can often produce headaches and of course, sinus pressure and congestion. A facial massage uses gentle finger pressure on the head, cheekbones, and around the eyes to help stimulate the release of mucous.
Lymph Drainage Reflexology Trigger Point
The trigger point that stimulates your lungs, chest, and bronchial are located in the center of the balls of your feet. Gentle massage therapy at these points can open up blocked sinus cavities and help release congestion.
Through gentle tapping above the chest and slow strokes up to the throat, massage therapy can help loosen and discharge mucous caused by allergies in the nose and throat.
Since stress can be a common trigger for seasonal allergies, the traditional Swedish massage is the perfect complementary therapy to get those happy serotonin hormones surging through your body to help lessen your symptoms.
Massaging the Wind Mansion, a pressure point at the base of the skull just below the bottom ridge of the skull cap at the top of the neck, offers many benefits, including improved breathing and decreased headaches and head congestion from caused by seasonal allergies.
If you would like to try massage therapy to help lessen your seasonal allergy symptoms, LHAA’s massage clinic is open to the public, offering therapeutic Student, Graduate and Professional massages. For more information, click here!
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