A treat is something you limit yourself to; something that you do or have on an occasional basis. Massage therapy is not a treat, yet far too often massage is referred to as something you “treat” yourself to on special occasions such as your birthday or while on vacation. There is nothing wrong with receiving massage treatments on those so-called “special” days however massage should not be made exclusive to those days only. Massage therapy in fact should be received on a regular basis as part of your healthy lifestyle. You would not eat a nutritious meal only on special days of the year as a “treat”, or workout only on your birthday. Your body is your container and you only have one body to live in during your lifetime; take care of your whole being. This includes good nutrition, exercise, keeping your mind sharp, using aromatherapy, receiving regular massage therapy, stress reduction, breathing, meditation and so much more! Change your attitude about massage therapy. Realize it is not a treat but something you benefit from especially when received on a regular basis. Regular sessions allow you to become more aware of how you feel in your own body. Make massage therapy part of your regular routine and you will find that you look forward to these sessions and the more you go, the more you benefit both physically and mentally. Whether you receive a massage focused on stress reduction or one with area specific work, your body benefits.
Massage Is Not A Trick
In a nutshell here is what goes on in your body during massage:
- Endorphins are released during massage. These are hormones that reduce pain, induce relaxation and promote feelings of well-being.
- Muscle relaxation and pain reduction occurs through sensory receptors in the skin. Touch is healing!
- The pain cycle is interrupted. This happens as muscles become relaxed and there is an increase in the blood supply.
- Elicits the relaxation response where breathing deepens and blood pressure reduces.
- Blood flow increases which allows nutrients to be delivered to muscles and tissues while removing wastes.
- Increase in red blood cells which allows for more oxygenated blood.
- Immune response is enhanced via the lymphatic system.
As you can see, massage not only feels good but benefits the entire body! It is no surprise massage therapy has been used throughout history. In fact the use of massage therapy has been found in every culture in some form all over the world. In the words of the Greek philosopher Hippocrates; “Healing begins with an aromatic bath and daily massage.”
Don’t Just Take Our Word For It
Here’s what some of our clients are saying about their own experiences with therapeutic massage:
- “I look forward to my regular massage sessions. I have a stressful job and perform a lot repetitive tasks. Massage allows me time to de-stress and provides relief from my tension areas.”
- “About 20 years ago I was in a serious auto accident and my legs were almost crushed in the door of my car. Even though I was able to walk and didn’t have any broken bones my Dr’s said I would be dealing with limited mobility and pain as a result of nerve damage in my legs for the rest of my life. They were right, for the last 18 years I had been dealing with pain in my legs and feet taking pain medicine and limiting some of my activities in order to cope. That was until about a year or so ago I had my first massage and my therapist recommended more frequent sessions to help my pain. After about 3 monthly sessions I noticed that the pain in my legs had all but gone away and after about 6 months the pain in my feet had subsided and I was able to walk without being in pain. I find myself now being able to walk and do things without pain and that before I either wouldn’t have even tried because I knew it would hurt or even those day to day things like walking up and down stairs and just getting out of bed would have been so painful. I no longer take any pain medication and will continue to see my massage therapist on a regular basis. Besides the benefit to my legs and feet my massages have made my stress levels go way down and have helped me sleep better too. “
- “Massages for me are not a luxury but a necessity. I find that having a
monthly massage ensures that I feel my best emotionally and physically,
which is important with my demanding schedule and dealing with a chronic
pain disorder. The fact that Your Body Needs incorporates the benefits of
essential oils with fabulous massage therapists!means I am always feeling my best.”
- “I used to think massage was only for special occasions: birthdays, holidays, graduation, etc. That was before I injured my back a few years ago. I tried everything from medication, physical therapy, injections and even surgery. I was stressed all the time and in chronic pain. Essentially, I was miserable. Eventually I discovered the more I was stressed, the more pain I experienced. I ignored my body and what it was telling me. I’m stubborn, so it took me awhile to actually listen to some very well meaning friends and family telling me to make some changes. They told me I worked too much, too hard, was irritable (so sorry friends and family) and too stressed. When my team of doctor’s suggested a second back surgery, I finally started listening to my friends and family and started looking for some alternative solutions. It took some time for me to come around, but I finally convinced myself I DESERVED to get regular massage and not just for those special occasions. Massage helps me to relax, de-stress, and keep my back in good working order. It’s really simple-the less stressed I am, the less pain I experience. I’m happy to report that after regular sessions with Nikki at YBN, I haven’t needed the previously required regular medication schedule, physical therapy, injections or (and this is my favorite part) any more midnight trips to the ER because I could no longer walk. Thank you family and friends for convincing me I was worth it and thank you Nikki and YBN for keeping me healthy. It is truly a gift.”
Have you had your massage this month? If not, take care of yourself by calling Your Body Needs today to set up that appointment (443-292-4395). Do it for you, do it for your health. Once you change the way you look at massage, you open a door to another avenue of a lifestyle that is good for you! Take care.