Seasonal allergies come in all shapes and forms. Some people are allergic to the pollen that comes about during spring, while others are more affected by grass clippings, the change in the weather and a host of other issues. While seasonal allergy medication can help, and shots from a qualified physician might become necessary, a regularly scheduled professional massage routine can alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms and make them that much easier to deal with. Now, it might not completely eliminate your seasonal allergies, but as many seasonal allergy sufferers will tell you, any improvement is welcomed. For those experiencing mild seasonal allergies, a professional massage routine might be all that is necessary to rid the body of major symptoms.
While a lot of people go to the spa for a therapeutic massage to alleviate aches and pains in the neck, back, shoulders and other upper body areas, a facial massage can provide a number of health benefits as well. Reducing seasonal allergy symptoms is just one example.
These symptoms improve due to the facial massage encouraging pressure relief and drainage in the sinus cavity. Only 20 to 25 minutes of facial massage can help drastically improve a sinus drain.
In order to improve the effectiveness of a facial massage, a warm towel should be placed on the forehead, bridge of the nose and directly around the eyes. This warm towel is going to heat up and soften the muscles surrounding the sinuses, as well as loosen up the mucus, as well. When the muscle areas have grown softer, the massage can start. The right amount of pressure, applied accurately and in a specific motion, will allow the free flow of buildup inside of the sinuses. The licensed massage therapist will also continue to massage the upper neck and clavicle continuing up to the jawbone with the goal of working the entire drainage area.
Many individuals also suffer from inflammation right around the base of the neck during seasonal allergies, so getting this area massaged can improve upon this symptom as well. When the session ends, the individual will feel better and experience a significantly clearer sinus cavity. Now, this is a treatment that needs to be done on a regular basis. It might be easy for the patient to feel out how often routine appointments are necessary, as some might be able to go a few weeks or so in between, while others may need to visit the massage therapist multiple times a week during peak allergy season. As the massage only lasts about 30 minutes, it is usually not an issue to find time for massage visits.
Some essential oils can help prolong sinus relief after the massage has concluded. The massage therapist can inform the patient of oils that can be applied to the area around the sinuses where they applied the hot towel. Two examples include eucalyptus or peppermint. Each of these oils improves energy, while also allowing for allergy relief. Patients with excessively oily skin may not be able to use the oils without the occasional breakout, but for many, the added oils can prove to be an outstanding boost to the reduction in allergy symptoms.
The bottom line is that massage provides a wide range of different health benefits and it can improve allergy relief, alongside many of the other advantages of the service. All of this points to why everyone should get in and schedule routine appointments with their massage therapist. Their entire body can benefit from it.
Book an appointment at your local LaVida Massage today and discover what a facial massage can do for you!