As mentioned in my previous post, people donning raised eyebrows when telling them you’re off to get a massage aren’t in-the-know as much as they think they are. Yes, massage feels good. And, yes, for some it is purely a way to indulge themselves every so often. However, for a variety of reasons, some which may surprise you, massage is an absolute necessity for many.
- Decrease anxiety.
- Enhance sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improve concentration.
- Increase circulation.
- Reduce fatigue.
It’s a huge topic, and I’m only going to touch on it. Let’s face it, everyone and every-body is stressed. Work, family, places to go, people to see, deadlines, lack of sleep, divorce, illness, death, addictions, diet…you name it, it’s stressful. And nowadays you can dismiss the old “but some of it is good stress.” Good stress is the type of emotional challenge where a person feels in control and provides some sense of accomplishment…much easier to attain were we not a nation continually fighting an onslaught of unremitting pressures on a daily basis, brought on by others or ourselves. Stress causes us to feel anxious, lose sleep, and lack focus…not to mention the perpetual knot we feel in our stomach when we ruminate, or can’t “shut it off”. And while we definitely need stress and for our bodies to react when we’re jumping out of the way so as not to get hit by a car (fight or flight), our bodies do not differentiate emotional stress and physical stress.
For health issues:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
All of these….absolutely true! Did you know about even half in this list? Do you even know what some of these mean to your body or specifically HOW massage helps do these things?? Yeh….if I wasn’t an LMT I wouldn’t either. And that’s the unfortunate dilemma with regard to educating the public or other health practitioners as to the validity of using massage as an alternate method of helping the body heal itself. It’s getting there, but massage has a long way to go in being recognized as legitimate healthcare. And because there are so many false beliefs and attitudes circulating already with regard to the massage industry, it’s just that much more difficult to find credibility…has anybody seen “The Client List”?
There are many other reasons massage is beneficial, however, there is one reason, in particular, I hold near and dear to my heart. But to do it justice, I’ll save it for the next post. It’s good…and if you don’t suffer from it yourself, you probably know someone who does. Till then…
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