Massage benefits go far beyond just relaxing your muscles. Several studies have already shown that massage boosts your immunity. One way this happens is by increasing your body’s ability to create white blood cells which destroy germs. Recent research at Cedars-Sinai medical Center in LA showed that a deep tissue massage raises the production of antiviral cells significantly more than a lighter massage. “This could suggest immediately after a massage, you might be less likely to catch a cold.” says the author of the study, Dr. Mark Rapaport.