One of the known benefits of massage is its ability to boost your immune system. Massage may increase the “activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses.” Massage therapy also reduces stress in your body and stress contributes to a weaken immune system.
You probably already know that professional massage therapy makes you feel great. That fantastic feeling after a massage is from a combination of positive effects on your body including relaxation of muscles, reduction of pain, increase is “feel good” hormones and a decrease in stress hormones.
There is reason to believe the the types of massages that have the most positive systemic effects are the massages that affect your entire body the most (as opposed to just a foot massage for example). One of the best massages for this is the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. Watch the video on that page and you will see why Hawaiian lomi lomi was used for centuries in ancient Hawaii as part of its healing practices.
Always remember not to get a massage when you are sick as massage does not prevent, cure or treat any disease. Plus you do not want to spread your illness to others – stay at home when sick and come in for your massage when you are healthy again!