In modern culture, we often view relaxing as a luxury. When we think about getting a massage, we think of it as being pampered—we view it as an indulgence. But it is much more than that. Taking the time to stop, relax, and breathe puts our body in a powerful state of self-healing and restoration. Unfortunately, stresses of everyday life can keep us in a state that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for the body to heal itself.
The body’s stress response is designed to protect us from imminent danger. It shifts the body’s priorities from “rest-and-digest” to “fight-or-flight,” and in doing so digestion, healing, and rest are put on the back burner. In a more balanced world, this stress response is short-lived and your body quickly returns to a rest-and-digest state. Not so in modern culture. Often, we are in a stressed state from the moment we wake up in the morning until we finally find sleep in the evening. And most of us don’t even get enough sleep. This continual stress not only doesn’t allow the body to heal, it introduces all kinds of physical problems. Tension headaches, teeth grinding, shoulder and neck pain, lower back pain, and digestive issues, to name just a few. More and more research is demonstrating that stress is a major contributor to disease and sickness.
It’s no wonder that people find meditation and taking time for reflection and gratitude so powerful and healthful. These practices shift the mind and body away from the stress and hurry of the day — at least for a few minutes — to a state of relaxation. Massage/bodywork can take this shift to the next level. Not only can it help take you to a deep state of relaxation where the body can self-heal, bodywork can directly address some of the physical manifestations of stress. Headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder issues, lower back pain—all can be directly addressed with bodywork.
For many, massage and bodywork are becoming a regular part of their wellness routine, not the occasional indulgence. They view massage the same way they view diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices.
Let me show you what a consistent massage routine can do for your health and wellbeing. I have massage packages that make it easy and affordable to make massage a regular part of your wellness routine.
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