Stress and Our Immune System

What is the link between stress and our immune system? Chronic stress can lead to depression, anxiety, memory problems, and sleep problems. If you already suffer from these difficulties, stress can make them worse. Stress also makes it harder for your body to resist germs and viruses because stress weakens the immune system.

Your immune system is composed of your organs, tissues, and cells working together as your body’s natural defense to fight disease and infection. Stress weakens this system, by lowering your immunity and creating chronic inflammatory conditions. It can affect your emotions, your digestion, your blood sugar levels, even your libido. It makes you more vulnerable to infections. It causes wounds to heal more slowly.

How can you reduce the effects of stress? There are so many ways, as you know…One way is massage therapy, which stimulates the release of endorphins, increases tissue metabolism, and relieves physical pain. Massage relaxes the mind and body, and relaxation is the polar opposite of stress. Another way is energy work, which clears the mind and hush the brain and allow the system to reboot. Reflexology is yet another great way to zone out and find your bliss. Live as healthy a lifestyle as possible: eat a balanced diet, get plenty of gentle exercise, sleep enough to let your body rest, and spend some time in nature..even gardening counts 😉 Make time to spend time with friends or loved ones. If you can avoid stressful situations, that’s even better. Breathe…deep breaths..and exhale fully.

In our busy 21st century life, some people have forgotten how to relax. Until you’re able to re-arrange your lifestyle to deal with or avoid stress, massage can help. Massage lowers the cortisol levels and decreases the heart rate. Even the Mayo Clinic agrees massage “is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.”

To relieve your stress through massage and holistic healing, contact us for more information about the benefits of our massage treatments and other therapies or Book your session today.

Love and Light,



Liraz Bergman-Turner is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master & the owner of Heavenly Embrace, a massage and energy healing practice in Boulder, CO.

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