Massage Takes Manhattan

This week I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the first Manhattan outpost of Massage Envy Spa (multiple locations). I was treated to a quick chair massage; just what my tense shoulders needed after a busy day running around the city. Other offerings included a skin analysis from Murad’s skin scanner—which revealed I’ve been faithfully using my SPF and only suffer from dry skin—as well as facials and foot scrubs. The new location couldn’t have come at a better time for New Yorkers worrying about the upcoming cold and flu season.

This time of year our bodies become more susceptible to illness. Massage therapy is a natural way to strengthen the immune system, especially if it is already weakened by stress, fatigue, or poor nutrition. In fact, it’s clinically proven. Chronically ill patients who receive regular massage therapy experience an 80 percent improvement in their immune system function, according to a study conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami.

Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body's white blood cells, resulting in a stronger, more responsive immune system. This allows the body to better detect bacteria and fight infection. Massage therapy also naturally enhances the body's ability to deliver and absorb nutrients by increasing blood circulation and decreasing fluid retention. That information alone would convince many clients to book and rebook their massage sessions.

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