How is your Happiness Quotient?

When assessing the quantitative value of your massage therapy session (less negative symptoms) don’t forget to also take into account the positive changes to your quality of life that may occur.

Pain and anxiety can easily undermine your attempts at being fully present in your life and drain energy from your healing process. It’s difficult to be cheerful and grateful when you hurt physically or feel emotionally fragile.

But while many people get massage therapy purely for pain relief, massage has other hidden benefits that make it worthwhile even if you have no pain at all. These benefits contribute towards your body’s innate capacity for health and healing. They help you make better choices about how you live.

 

You may have noticed one of these traits as you leave a massage session:

  • You feel better about who you are.
  • You perform your activities of daily living more easily.
  • Your anxiety level has diminished.
  • Your depression lifted just a little bit.
  • You sleep better that night.
  • If there was something on your mind, the solution just became clearer.
  • Your attitude has changed for the better.
  • Your mood/outlook improved.
  • You feel more loving towards your spouse, your kids, your fellow man.
  • A trauma you suffered seems just a little less harsh.
  • You feel lighter.

Not all clients experience all of these but many clients are aware of one or more of these ‘shifts’.

Best of all, you can still reap these qualitative benefits even if you like to chatter all the way through your massage! Remember, you are just one massage away from a good mood!

 

Where are you at 9:30 on Monday mornings?

If you’re an NFL player, you’re either getting a massage or wishing you were.

As you may know, I do not follow football at all. I consider it a violent, barbaric, overpaid activity. Had to get that off my chest. However I know lots of folks who love watching the games and who follow it closely, so I did a little research about massage therapy and football that you may be interested in.

Here are a few fun facts:

  • NFL players (this is play?) spend every Monday trying to put their broken bodies back together. They call it ‘get right’ day.
  • James Harrison, linebacker (don’t ask me which team he plays for) spends a half million dollars on bodywork which includes hefty doses of massage.
  • For these guys, massage is far from an indulgence, they appreciate bodywork as a fundamental tool in prolonging their careers. Regular massage helps them both prepare for game day and repair the damage afterwards.
  • In an article by Greg Bishop entitled ‘You Think Your Mondays Suck?’ he found that Mike Mitchell (Steelers) gets daily massages along with other types of natural healing.
  • For many NFL players massage is a business expense because it helps them do what they get paid for.
  • Massage prevents the football players from getting even more injuries and that’s important when their #1 advantage is being well enough to play again. Soon. 
  • Harrison says massage also helps reduce stress and prepares him for better and longer sleep. Nothing to yawn at.
  • Russell Wilson (Seahawks) takes five two-hour massage sessions each week. “… A big part of being a professional … athlete, is taking care of yourself,” Wilson said. It’s kind of a major part, so it’s not like finding time. It’s really just in the schedule”.

While we are not NFL kamikazes nor even close, life has probably dealt us our share of hard knocks and we are still active (or hoping to be soon) and shouldn’t we also take care of our bodies in all the best ways we can? My answer is a resounding and unequivocal yes!

Therapeutic massage can do for us exactly what it does for these elite athletes:
Gets us ready to do what we have to do, prevent injuries and helps us recover more quickly when we need it. Regular massage reduces stress and gives us a better nights sleep and is at the most basic level a healthy way to take care of ourselves and to feel good.

As much as I don’t agree with football as a sport, if nothing else, I agree with the players approach to massage – as a necessary, preventative and planned part of taking care of themselves each and every week. Even if you aren’t a professional athlete, regular massage does wonders, even for someone who sits on the couch every Sunday watching the games throughout football season.

Call me when you’re ready to try regular massage as a way to feel better and stay well. Effective, affordable, consistent care that will make you smile.

Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage.