Massage. Love it! Seriously, what’s not to like about it? Whether you need knots worked out, an afternoon to de-stress, or simply a caring touch…or hell, all of the above- massage is amazing. Study after study has proven that getting regular massages can be instrumental in improving your over-all health, too.
“But how, Caitlin? How can having another human-being rub me down with oil possibly make me feel better?”, you ask.
Well, this is how.
First, let’s look at the technical side. The tightly wound, stressed out and “oh goodness this hurts!” side. Whether you’re up and moving all day or sitting at a desk, your muscles could probably use some TLC. We build up knots, inflammation, and toxins in our tissue that need to be kneaded out. Massage therapists are trained in detail about anatomy and the various systems of the body, such as circulatory and lymphatic, so they can not only ease tension and pain and help to push those toxins out of your body but also give you valuable knowledge on how to prevent further knotting in your muscles.
And then there’s that whole heavenly relaxation aspect. Dim lighting, soothing aromatherapy, and happy endorphins flooding your system. Yes, please! Besides unwinding your muscles and lowering your heart rate, massage also reduces levels of the hormone cortisol (which is associated with pain and inflammation) and produces an influx of serotonin and dopamine (associated with feeling awesome!). If you’re feeling down, this is a sure fire way to pick yourself up. We’re human- we need touch and to feel sincerely cared for. You’re going to leave feeling happier and lighter than when you walked in.
Don’t continue dealing with or tolerating pain. Don’t let yourself get used to it as “part of the job” or just another ache that you ignore- be it physical or emotional. It’s okay to need and want to feel better. Take the time for yourself and commit to feeling better. Take care of yourself. Get a massage. You’ll love it and you’ll love how you feel.