According to research, over 50 million Americans battle seasonal allergies every year. That same study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America also found that the living in following metropolitan areas is particularly challenging for people with spring allergies:
- New Orleans, LA
- New York, NY
- Dallas, TX
- Philadelphia, PA
- Charleston, SC
- San Antonio, TX
- Nashville, TN
Regardless of where you live, next time your spring allergies kick in opt for a massage instead of taking Claritin. Zeel offers in-home massage to 85+ metro areas nationally.
Massage is one of the best natural remedies for relieving allergies and asthma symptoms. Traditional Chinese medicine has been using reflexology and massage to battle seasonal allergies for centuries. And a recent medical research measuring its effectiveness showed that “massage therapy has a significantly positive effect” on asthma patients, improving their pulmonary function.
Depending on your allergy symptoms, choose the most appropriate type of massage to relieve your discomfort.
Are you sneezing and coughing? Consider requesting lymphatic drainage during your next massage. Manual lymphatic drainage massage is especially effective in relieving nasal congestion, one of the most unpleasant allergy symptoms.
Another massage option is a Swedish Massage. If you are booking using Zeel’s iOS or Android app, request a Swedish massage and add a note that you are seeking relief from allergy-related sneezing and coughing. Once your therapist arrives, let them know that you’re not getting a massage while sick but simply suffer from seasonal allergies.
If you have hay fever, your immune system goes into overdrive whenever there’s hay around. It causes your body to react to harmless environmental factors like pollen, mold, and pet dander. Symptoms include a runny, stuffed-up nose, sneezing, and coughing. If you opt for massage, your massage therapist will concentrate on opening your nasal passages – expect to get your face and neck massaged. This will improve your lungs’ oxygenation.
Did you know that massage improves your blood circulation? The result: an immediate relief for migraines, sinus headaches, and rhinitis (a hay fever-induced headache).
Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that promotes the movement of lymph and other fluids in the body. It helps drain the sinus cavity of congestions and improves your body’s overall recovery. Ask your therapist about it!
Stress is a common trigger for allergies, and can often worsen seasonal allergy symptoms. Massages prompt the release of calming hormones like seronitin and decrease body tension. When battling allergies, it’s best to avoid Deep Tissue Massage and Sports Massage, which are more appropriate choices for muscle pain relief.
Another excellent option in addition to Swedish Massage is Sleep Massage. Zeel’s special in-home Sleep Massage treats insomnia and sleep insufficiency-induced stressed.
Marcy is the SVP of People and Communications at Zeel. In addition to overseeing the humans of Zeel, Marcy has written about workplace topics for more than 20 years both at Zeel and as VP of Content for Vault.com, a career information web site and publisher.