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The Self Indulgence of Massage

Do you feeling guilty about getting a massage? Does it seem self-indulgent and selfish? Massage actually has many important benefits to your physical and mental health. It can help you maintain your emotional, mental and physical well-being, especially when it is part of your health plan. It addresses a variety of health conditions, with stress-related tension being the most common. Massage therapy offers a natural, non-invasive, drug-free and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Benefits of Massage:

  • Relaxing: Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of peace.
  • Soothing: Massage eases tension and anxiety.
  • Healing: Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products which helps support the immune system
  • Improves breathing: Massage calms the body as a whole, which in turn quiets the lungs into its more natural state of breathing bringing more healthy oxygen into the body
  • Improves circulation: Massage improves blood circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells, again assisting the immune system
  • Eases tension, stiffness and pain: Massage prevents and relieves muscle cramps and spasms.

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Prescription for Stress Relief

We know how much stress affects our body and our health. Serious health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even certain cancers, according to doctors, have been linked to chronic stress. It can also contribute to difficulty sleeping, headaches, digestive problems and back pain. When you receive a massage it activates the nervous system and sends the mind and body into a state of rest and recovery, as well as giving you the much needed stress relief. And relieving your stress can and will be beneficial for your long-term health without the unhealthful side effects that modern medicine treatments can have. Maybe your next prescription should be a massage.

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Communicating With Your Massage Therapist

We all know that communication is the key for everything. From communicating with your loved ones to communicating with people you may only encounter once in your life. Everyday we communicate, though some days may be better then others on our communication skills. Now I'm sure you're wondering what this has to do with massage. It actually has a lot to do with massage. Actually, it has more to do between you and the massage therapist then the actual massage. Just like any other area of your life, communication needs to be present between you and the therapist doing the bodywork.

The first piece of communication would be relaying any pertinent information such as particular body parts that you might want more work on then others, any large bruises, sprains, sores, recent surgeries, etc., that we should be aware of, as well as any type of pain medications that you might be taking. In regards to the pain meds, the reason you would want to relay this information is because with certain strong pain meds such as doctor prescribed, they work so well that you may not feel how deep a massage you might be getting which would not be a benefit for your body and could be counterproductive. Another key time to communicate with your therapist is during the massage. This would be to let the massage therapist know if the pressure is too soft or too hard. Most of my clients are happy with my 'regular' pressure and style of massage. However, we are not all built the same. I have had clients that like a very soft massage as well as ones that have wanted the massage so deep that if it was me, I'd be screaming. Yet, this is what the client wants, not me.

Mainly, if you’re not happy with the pressure, say something! When I massage a client I try to watch the body language to see if it's telling me if the pressure might be too hard. Many times the body will speak in ways that the client won't and I try to keep my eye out for those body clues. However, if the body isn't giving me signs, I would not know. I try to always tell my clients to please let me know if the pressure is too hard or too soft. My philosophy is that I want to make you feel wonderful and fantastic, not to feel all right or even dissatisfied with your massage. Plus the fact that I just want my clients to feel wonderful and fantastic! Period!

So to reiterate all of this, please talk with your therapist about your massage. Let them know what pressure you like, whether it might be too hard or too soft. Yet if for some reason you are not feeling comfortable about communicating this during the massage, send them an email or maybe even a text to let them know. I know I won't please every single client, yet I would like to know what they did not like that I might be able to improve for the next time I massage them (hopefully there will be a next time) or for the next client.

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Myth of Cancer Massage

There is a myth out there that a person who has cancer should not be massaged. Many massage schools teach their students that massage promotes the spread of cancer by increasing circulation. This included the school that I attended only seven years ago. This myth of course is carried over into the mainstream with doctors, patients and other health-care providers to believe this is true. If this were true then health-care providers would also discourage exercise, walking and other activities for people with cancer as this increases circulation also.

Since my initial classes, I have found through medically funded research that this myth was based on old understandings of how cancer spreads. Thankfully, for cancer clients newer and new research has shown the benefits of massage. Per research done at the Sahlgrenska Academy at Goteborg University in Goteborg, Sweden, they showed that massage relieves nausea in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Many major hospitals have formed an Integrative or Alternative Medicine department such as Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy have strong effects on the body such as severe pain, nausea, fatigue and depression. Massage can help lessen those effects and give a client some much needed pain and anxiety relief. We all know how devastating chemotherapy is to the body as well as to the soul. If a client can gain benefits from massage such as pain relief, stress relief, lessened depression, as well as increase levels of dopamine, serotonin, natural killer cells and lymphocytes then that is an amazing thing. Plus massage is natural. And for many clients even just the simple act of touch is an uplifting thing.

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Massage Just for the Wealthy?

Many people look at massage as something to treat yourself with once a year for your birthday or anniversary, or even something that only the 'wealthy' do. I've had many people ask, or even state and assume that my clients must only be wealthy clients. Their expectation is that only the 'rich' can afford massage. If that's the case, then why are their so many spas and massage therapists? There can't be that many 'rich' people keeping these places in business can there? Yeah, I don't think so. Besides that fact that everyone suffers from stress or pain and wants that basic need of touch and relaxation.

Massage is for most everyone including kids and animals (and yes I've massaged both kids and animals such as dogs, cats and horses). It doesn't matter what your checking account balance is, it's a whole variety of people that get massages. For my business I have the range of clients that yes others would consider wealthy. I also have middle-income as well as the other end of the spectrum of clients that live solely on disability and social security income. Would they be considered wealthy? Not in a financial sense, no. In a healthy, well-being sense? Absolutely! And that goes for all my clients, the amount of money they have doesn't factor into the massage I do. I consider every client I have wealthy in who they are and the type of person they are. There is a quote I heard a while ago that I think relates to this topic: First Wealth is Health ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Massage is something people do for themselves; it is an investment into their own health, something that you do for you to help keep your body and mind in check. What one person may consider expensive another doesn't. I may consider paying $60 or more for pants expensive while someone else freely spends their money on $100 pants. Part of it really comes down to what you want to spend your money on. Do you want to spend money on you? Do you think you're worth the cost of massage? Do you think you're health is worth it? Well you should think you're worth it, because you are! What I really think it comes down to is that we are taught not to ever be selfish and we consider massage a selfish act. Again, it's not and your first wealth is your health and it's an investment into you! So go ahead, make that investment!

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