One of my favorite parts of my job is watching the metamorphosis of a really stressed out client turn into a shiny happy person. She shuffles in tired, frazzled, and burnt out like an old VW bus that has been chugging up Denny Street in traffic. She cruises out re-charged, re-fueled, and polished like a Porshe. And she always says without fail, “Why don’t I do this more often?”
I’m well aware that taking care of ourselves can feel like an uphill battle. Our fast paced society puts quite a load of pressure on us to keep going, going going…and go well! Do it right and do it quick or else somebody might do it better or quicker. Where is the time to rest and re-fuel? But if we go go go and never stop to re-charge, we will spontaneously combust (aka get sick).
Getting a massage is a simple and fantastic way to give back to your body. In just 60 or 90 minutes, a massage increases blood and lymph flow, increases energy flow, sedates your nervous system, helps balance stress hormones, and gives you a sense of well-being. Of course, the emotional and physiological benefits are exponential when you get massage on a regular basis.
Next time you change your oil in your car, remember to schedule your next massage. You deserve to feel like a Porshe!