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This week I have been in need of a massage...a bit like shoemakers children going without shoes, massage therapists are often pretty rubbish at getting massage themselves - despite knowing the benefits of it! I have managed to book myself a well-deserved treatment this week (and feel so much better for it) and have realised how important this is to schedule in regularly. Of course I use my muscles regularly as part of my work...but you probably do too, whatever your work or leisure pursuits. I know that I was shocked to notice how great it was to have my arms and feet massaged - areas that we so often take for granted.
With this in mind here are some benefits of massage that you might have let slip in your mind (I know...we often ignore our bodies until they start screaming for attention or your back 'goes' for example). Have a think about you reasons for massage and why you keep putting off that time to help keep you going BEFORE you hit the 'broken' stage!
Massage can be used as effective treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations and it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and tension.
Studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Insomnia related to stress
Myofascial pain syndrome
Soft tissue strains or injuries
Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people (I would say most!!) enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection. It even gives you a bit of time out just to breathe!
So, I'm keen to know - what's your reason for getting massage?
Do you only book in when you have an injury, or do you value the relaxation, maybe it's both or perhaps something different? Let me know!