Did you know that clinical studies have indicated that regular massage not only helps alleviate stress, but can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall. In a study conducted by Gail Ironson, M.D., HIV positive men were given forty-five-minute massages five days a week, for a month. They showed an increase in serotonin and an increase in cells that are viewed as the first line of defense in the immune system.
So what is happening?
People receiving massage experience significant changes in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that plays a large role in defending the body from disease. White blood cells help fight off viruses. Swedish massage also causes a large decrease in Arginine Vasopressin, a hormone believed to play a role in aggressive behavior. Massage decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can contribute to stress reduction and management. The therapy has also been shown to improve immunity among women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer.
When used in conjunction with the benefits of our one-of-a-kind Sunlighten Infrared Sauna, Sunlighten’s research-backed near infrared heating technology can strengthen the immune system. In fact, a NASA study showed this same near infrared therapy, delivered by LEDs deep into body tissue, can quadruple cell health and tissue growth.
Several studies have shown that LEDs (like those found in our mPulse saunas) stimulate white blood cell production and collagen growth by increasing energy at the cellular level.
Now to top it all off, when the two therapies are combined with the benefits of float therapy, which include relaxation, heightened senses, pain management, magnesium absorption, increased stress resistance; this all results in the lowering and suppression of stress hormones, such as cortisol. We know that stress is one of the main factors in immune health.
When all three are combined at Midwest Float, we call this the “Mind Eraser.” With our newly added, very talented and well-versed massage therapists, you can now take advantage of this new form of conjunctive therapy by first receiving a massage to alleviate stress and help the process of flushing toxins. Follow that with an infrared sauna session, where you are able to fully sweat out the toxins and reduce inflammation. Next is the float tank. There you will find yourself melting into the water to take in the magnesium while giving your mind and body time to relax and rejuvenate.
At Midwest Float, all three of our services are designed to work well in conjunction with each other, especially as we approach the dreaded flu season! We are now offering massage therapy seven days a week by appointment.
We can help you with your journey in finding and maintaining vitality and restoration with our holistic services that work amazingly together or independently.
Give us a call today at 785-783-8307 or book online at www.MidwestFloat.com.
2120 SW Brandywine Ln. Suite 110
(21st & Wanamaker, 1 blk west)
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