For my first post I've decided to focus on the basics: the often-overlooked benefits of regular massage. If you're not receiving massages on a regular basis, you're missing out on a wide range of benefits to your health and well-being that can dramatically improve every area of your life.
When I give one of my clients a massage, it brings me such joy to see the change in the way that they feel by the end of a session. Their face has relaxed, their smile comes more easily, and they carry themselves in an lighter, more at-ease manner.
When you take the initiative to plan time in your week for a massage, you are giving yourself the gift of an hour or more just for you. You are letting yourself know that you honor and care for yourself in a loving way. Even in the scriptures, Jesus says for us to love others as ourselves! It is such an important concept.
In addition to self-respect, there are many concrete physical and mental health improvements available only through massage. I've compiled a list of many of the rewards that come from receiving massage therapy on a regular basis:
*Pain Relief *Looser, More Comfortable Body
*Stress Relief *Heightened Body Awareness
*Endorphin Release (the feel-good hormone) *Improved Sports Performance
*Improved Sleep *Increased Concentration
*Better Circulation *Fewer Aches and Pains *Stronger Immune System *Fewer Injuries from Sports/Activities
*Detoxification *Improved Lymph Drainage
*Better Performance On the Job *Looser Muscles
*Looser Muscles and Increased Flexibility *Release the "Issues" from Our Tissues
*Pain Relief from symptoms of Fibromyalgia *Normalized Blood Pressure
I hope this piece has piqued your interest in the many benefits of regular massage. As a licensed massage therapist for 24 years, I've seen thousands of clients reap profound rewards from incorporating regular massage sessions into their lives.
I look forward to helping you realize these benefits as well. Please contact me to schedule your appointment.
My next post will focus on the technique and benefits of myofascial release, a slow stretching technique that opens up and stretches over-tightened areas.
Until next time, have a great week! Connie Calaway with Hands That Heal!