CHARLESTON, W. Va., Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As seasons change our bodies become more susceptible to cold and flu. Massage therapy is a natural way to strengthen the immune system at this vulnerable time, especially if it is already weakened by stress, fatigue or poor nutrition. In fact, 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.
"Taking additional care of your body is vital this time of year. When included in wellness regiments, regular massage therapy can help to lower the chance of future illness while reducing stress and alleviating aches and pains," said Doreen Ellinwood, massage therapist and vice president of regional operations for Massage Envy Spas in Charleston.
For more information on the additional benefits of massage therapy, visit http://www.massageenvy.com/benefits-of-massage-therapy.aspx. To find the nearest Massage Envy Spa locations, visit: http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/WV/Charleston-WV.aspx.
About Massage Envy Spa
Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has more than 1,000 franchise locations in 49 states and 1.5 million members. In addition, the average unit volume for a franchise location is $1.35 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $2 million in three, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #88 in Franchise Time's Top 200, #54 in Entrepreneur's 2014 Franchise 500 and #24 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
SOURCE Massage Envy Spa