I am pampering myself a little bit today and going for a massage. I try to take regular time for myself every few weeks to relax, rejuvenate and give myself a treat. When I first started going for massages, my muscles were so sore afterwards. It was like I had been hit by a truck. I soon realized that the tension in my body needed to be released and the discomfort I felt after the massage was due to the pent-up stress I was hanging onto being worked out of my system. Taking care of myself became a bit of a priority for me from then on. Now that I’ve been going on a regular basis, I am seeing the benefits of seeing my massage therapist regularly.
Massage is not only a great stress relief, but it also helps my circulatory system, reduces pain and helps my mobility. I suffer with lower back pain after having 2 epidurals and 3 c-sections. I also have a very busy family life, so stress finds it way very easily into my daily life. Stress is a common problem for many of us. Regular massage helps me manage my stress. Coupled with regular exercise, a sensible diet and good restful sleep, I can stay on top of my stress levels most of the time.
It isn’t only the physical benefits I get from massage that makes me go back for more. It’s the time I get to spend being pampered and looked after. It’s ‘me’ time. I get to lie on a warm bed and completely chill out. I get to free my mind from my worries. I get to take some time to be in the moment. I get to feel the tension melt away.
I usually feel a little groggy, but rejuvenated when my massage is done. It’s a lovely feeling. Inevitably, later in the day, my body is tired and seeking rest. It’s always an early night on massage day. I remember the first massage I had had in years…I couldn’t keep my eyes open past 7:30pm. Over time, it’s gotten easier to stay up past my kids’ bedtimes, but my bed still calls me early nevertheless. I listen to my body more now and give it what it needs when it asks for rest.
Whatever you choose to do to relieve the stress of daily life, just remember that massage therapy is a great way to do just that. So go on, book an appointment! You won’t regret it.