Sinus Stuffiness: Should You Go to the Spa?

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If you are suffering from allergies, chronic congestion, asthma or on the “recovering side” of a cold or flu, a treatment that works on releasing breathing muscles and targeting sinus acu-points can be beneficial.

Discuss these areas of focus with your massage therapist before receiving a Swedish, deep tissue, Thai, hot stone or aromatherapy massage.

Skip It For Now

If you are sick or feel like you are coming down with a cold or flu, stay away. “A massage will flush toxins out of the muscles and challenge your body to dispel these toxins,” New York holistic healer Hope Gillerman explains.

“While your body is busy fighting off an external pathogen, it should not be additionally challenged.”

Why A Regular Massage Makes Things Worse

Massage may enhance the immune system, but when the body is fighting an illness, massage may be too taxing. “One effect of massage is to release toxins and aid lymphatic function, which is a benefit for a healthy person,” explains Maha Lakshmanan, Pavitra at St. Lucia's The BodyHoliday's wellness center. “But, while the body is mounting a war against a virus, flooding the system with other stored toxins can make you feel worse and possibly lengthen recovery time.”

At-Home Aromatherapy

Create a spa-like aromatherapy experience at home with the Essio Starter Kit, a device that attaches to your shower and releases a therapeutic blend of organic essential oils into the water. $45, essioshower.com