With today’s busy, fast-paced, and demanding schedules, everybody needs a break to help regain balance in order to function at their best. We can get so caught up in juggling work obligations, home obligations, family and significant other time, and even time for friendships and social events, that we end up forgetting about the obligation that we have to ourselves. On your list of priorities, where do you fall? Are you even on your list? If you are not on the list, or are very low on the list, it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities and start making you a priority.
When you make you a priority, it is not selfish, it’s a necessity. Valuing yourself and your time is important. When you start to make you a priority, you will find that you are happier, healthier, more productive, and feel more accomplished in life. If you take care of you, you can then be more ready and able to help take care of others. Just like the airline flight attendants always tell us, when the oxygen masks drop, first put the mask on yourself before you help others with their masks. The priority is you. If you do not take care of yourself first, you are not much help to others around you.
In order to make you a priority, you need to start with some basics:
Massage therapy has been long known for its relaxing effects on the body and mind, as well as the fact that massages simply feel good. With these notions, massage has been viewed as a service for pampering and luxury for many years in Western civilizations. If you take a look at massage therapy from an Eastern standpoint, you may discover that massage has been long viewed as therapeutic, healing, and a way of bringing an overall balance and harmony to a person’s body and health. Regardless if you get massages for relaxation or for therapeutic reasons, the concept for receiving massages are the same; it does a body good.
There are many reasons why receiving massages are beneficial to add to your healthcare routine. Here are some common benefits of receiving regular massages:
In a consumer survey that was done in 2018 by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), interviewing over 1,000 adults in the U.S., 88 percent said that they found massage to be beneficial to their overall health and wellness. The survey also reported:
Whether you get regular massages as a form of health maintenance, pain management, stress management, to improve your overall quality of life, improve your sleeping, to soothe the aches and pains of tired and sore muscles, or to simply relax, you will find that massages, well, really does do a body good!
If you haven’t given massage therapy a try yet, ask around for a recommend therapist and book several appointments. Consistency and regularity are important for maximum effect. Just like working out. The more often and regular you are about going, the greater you will notice the results. If going in every week or every other week is too much for you, try to go at least once a month for several months in a row. See the difference it will make. Your mind and body will thank you for the self-care. Remember, massage, it does a body good!
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.