Massage Your Way to a New You
by Lisa Poole on Friday, January 02, 2015
Massage therapy is a great way to change how you feel. A short and simple statement. I could just leave it at that and move on to more fun things like napping. I could but I won’t. Are you tired of pain? Pain in your neck, shoulders, low back, upper back, glutes, legs, and feet. We are covered in muscles. Muscles hold on to tension. Tension held for too long changes their natural position, tautness, and length. When you change something for too long it gets held in place and then causes pain.
Think about what you are doing right now. Are you working on the computer and taking a break and surfing the web? (thanks for stopping and reading my blog) Has it been a stressful day are your shoulders up by your ears? Have you been on the phone texting and looking down? Standing in heels all day working the sales floor? How about picking up that teething baby and calming them down by holding them on your hip and pacing around?
These are all daily living activities. They cause changes in our bodies natural position. Held for too long equals muscle change equals pain. Yup, it stinks. We can’t all stop to take naps to relax and let the body reposition. So what can we do?
First is to take mini breaks. Put the phone down, stand up in your cubicle, kick the shoes off (and find some flats) and put the baby in a swing for a min or two. Stretch!!! Deep breath and reach for the sky. Bend over and touch the ground. Move your body. Arms behind your back, clasp hands together and pull those shoulders down. Roll your head around slowly. These are all easy stretches that can be done anywhere. What is the point of doing them? It gives your body a break and puts things back in place. It increases blood flow and circulation. It will give you a little burst of energy and clear your head.
Go ahead and try it now I will wait. tick tick tick….
The next thing I want you to do is to book a massage.
Massage helps to relax those tight tense muscles. When they relax they work their way back to a natural position. When they are less tight, not stressed and strained you will find a reduction in pain. What great thing!
Who doesn’t want less pain?
I know I do.
Massage is not an indulgence. It is preventative health care.
You get your teeth cleaned to prevent cavities. You eat fruits and veggies to provide your body with healthy vitamins and minerals. You exercise to maintain a healthy weight and a strong heart. You get a monthly massage to reduce stress and loosen those tight muscles (that is putting it simply massage does more but that is for another blog).
As you start your new exercise program and eating those veggies more. Think about adding massage to your list of things to do this new year. You won’t believe the difference it can make in your health.