You’ve probably heard that researchers from the National institute of Health have proclaimed that you can get real health benefits from just one massage. Specifically, whether you receive a deep tissue massage or one with a lighter touch, your stress hormone levels go down and your white blood cell count goes up. It’s an easy word to overlook, but these were not small changes, they were “significant,” which is an important distinction in scientific data. Reduced stress allows the body’s “rest and digest” reactions to ease digestion, promote better sleep, and take the strain off your circulatory system. Increasing the number of white blood cells boosts your immunity, giving added protection against colds, viruses, and infections. It shouldn’t be surprising that study after study continues to find massage is a pleasant way to increase your health, although all this good news does add up!