How massage can help with cold and flu

Massage can help reduce recovery time from a cold or flu from over 10 days down to as little as 2, in some cases even 1 day.

Massage is an excellent ally in your fight against flu. The best way to fight against flu is to prevent it and massage does a great job in this matter.

Massage Therapy helps prevent the flu in several ways:

  •  Reduces the stress thus helping your body focus more on fighting the infection
  • Improve blood and lymph circulation consequently the elimination of “intruders” is more effective.
  • Increases the overall health and this leads to better immunity 
  • Makes it easy to get rest, which is a boost to your immunity.
  • Boosts lymphatic drainage which can help relieve sinus pressure, head/nasal/chest congestion, stuffy nose, eye pressure, breathing problems, sore throats, coughing, headaches, body aches and neck stiffness.
  • If you are a physical active person, one massage per month, during the flu season, will help you drastically reduce the chances to be infected with Influenza.
  • If you are an inactive person, a few massage sessions per month will be best for your health.

It is important to remember that although massage can reduce recovery time it may worsen your symptoms. If you already have a cold or flu and have a fever, you should wait until the fever passes before getting a massage because it will raise your temperature. The fever is a good sign that your body is fighting the virus and should be left alone to do it’s job.



  1. Massage Therapist says

    Did you ever think about what might be happening to your massage therapist if you enter his or her room and spend at an hour in close personal contact while you are contagious? The therapist themselves will become contagious and then cannot work. This is extremely hard financially on someone who does not have sick leave. Get regular massages while you are healthy. Massages release toxins into the system. Those toxins on an already taxed system can make you even sicker. So getting a massage in the first day or two when you are contagious hurts both you and your therapist.

  2. I totally agree. I just went back to work after 2 weeks cause clients came in sick and dint disclose until they were on the table. I was not happy with that.

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