You woke up with a pain in the body, and you remembered getting a massage the last time you had it, and felt relieved afterwards. So, you would probably do it again, right?
Treating your stiff joints and taut muscles with massage, by getting it only when you feel like it, is not getting back in full your money’s worth; in fact, you are short-changing your health!
Most people consider massage as a treat or a luxury, you could say an indulgence; a guilty pleasure. They’re wrong! Setting a day each week, or every other week, for massage is putting money away for a good cause – your well-being.
Massage therapy will make you feel good every time, but if you want to see great results, it should be done regularly. I often say to clients, you spend near to £400 each year on servicing your car to keep it running well, why would you not do the same for your body?
There are four major reasons why a regular massage should be an essential part of your total wellness program:
1. Massage is an Effective Stress Reliever. Ask everyone you know who goes to a massage clinic regularly, and you will hear this common answer: “to relieve my body of stress.”
At the end of the day, nothing can prevent stress; it is as normal as the sun that rises in the east every morning. It’s simply the by-product of active and zealous living.
To protect your health, stress should be reduced at a level your body can handle. Massage is highly effective in relieving the following symptoms that always accompany stress at its breaking-point:
a. Sleep loss
d. Low-grade illness
e. Body pains
2. Massage Improves Mood. Depression, sluggishness, or a sleepy brain indicates stress. Only a good massage can energise your brain naturally; to stay focused, or to be more alert.
3. Massage Hastens Recovery from Illness. The process of kneading or stroking the muscles, the body’s soft tissues, and even the joints promotes faster healing due to improved blood circulation, which carries with it all the nutrients you get from food, including your medicines.
4. Massage is Nature’s Painkiller. People all over the world have been abusing the word, “instant”. When a pain occurs, everyone reaches for a painkiller to whisk the pain away, instantly – only to realise that they are on to a bigger problem. Addiction is far worse to deal with than ordinary body pains.
Massage has been proven to ease pain by natural means. As the body gets worked out of its tautness, it releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Instead of depending on over-the-counter drugs to deal with your aches instantly, but risk addiction over continued use, why not get on a massage table and allow your body’s natural defense system to do its job?
Here’s a word of caution though: pain is a symptom you should not ignore. To determine its underlying cause, it is highly recommended that you see a medical professional first, but in most cases, massage goes well with prescription medicine.