Take Care of YOU: Massage as Self Care

This can be a tough time of year for a lot of people.  The holidays have ended and you’re struggling to keep up with those resolutions to diet and workout more. Add in the usual balancing act of trying to keep up with work, family and personal commitments. It’s cold out and maybe you have been stuck in the house or office too much.  Then comes Valentine’s Day, which can be hard for many people – whether you’re single or in a relationship.  The expectations never quite measure up to the reality.  All in all, it’s no surprise if you feel tired, run-down, stressed or even a little sad.

We’re always so focused on taking care of everyone and everything around us, that often we completely neglect ourselves in the process.  One way to restore some balance to your world is to have regular massage. Massage is a great way to take care of yourself both mentally and physically. Every body needs and deserves the benefits of healthy and safe touch.

It’s Like Science . . .

The skin is the largest organ in our body and is designed to experience touch.  As our brains and bodies have developed extensive and complicated responses to being touched, massage has a profound impact, not just on our sore or tired muscles, but also our physical and mental health.

Studies have shown that having at least one hug or a reassuring touch a day can improve our mood, reduce stress and increase circulation.  Being touched releases endorphins, which is the feel good hormone. This is why we generally feel happier after a hug thanks in part to those endorphins kicking in.

With technology and our modern life style, daily doses of physical contact appear to be on the decline. This can be the case whether you live alone or in a house full of people. Technology can bring the world to us on our electronic devices, often decreasing our need or want to interact with others face to face. This lack of direct interaction has been shown to increase feelings of isolation, depression and general aversion to physical contact. No wonder our sense of detachment is climbing along with our stress levels. Stress, can have detrimental effects on our health, both physical and mental, as well as the quality of our lives and relationships.

How Can Massage Help?

Massage is an ideal way to bring more balance into our lives. First it requires you to schedule a massage appointment; giving yourself permission to see relaxation as a priority. It’s an excuse to silence the phone and check out for an hour or two without distractions. The de-stressing has begun before the session even begins.

Second, your massage therapist is a trained professional that is there to help you. Their goal is to provide you with safe and therapeutic touch to give you the best possible massage experience. Our therapists are always happy to answer any questions and tailor your massage to your unique needs.

The massage itself has an extremely beneficial impact on our health. Massage increases the blood circulation to the skin which improves the skin’s overall complexion and health. The sore, tired knots of muscle are reduced or eliminated. The increased circulation to the muscles aids in healing and regeneration. Plus, massage can have a positive effect on a host of health issues – read more here on the potential health benefits.

While all this happens, we slip into a deeper state of relaxation and the endorphins released improve our sense of well-being. It is not unusual for a person to fall asleep during a massage, but by the time treatment is complete you will emerge feeling relaxed and refreshed and better equipped to take on the stress of daily life.

You owe it to yourself and your health to carve out some regular ‘me time’ from your busy schedule.  Schedule a massage today!