Most people don't know that receiving massage on a regular basis can greatly improve the quality of their life. The common belief is that massage is a luxury, not a necessity, and is too expensive to do as a routine. This is a mistake. In reality, most of us can't afford not to have regular massage. Just consider these two simple questions: 1) How well do you function in daily life when your body is restricted with physical pain, stiffness and fatigue? 2) How clearly does your mind think when you are carrying around a backlog of weeks, months, or even years of accumulated stress?
Unhealthy, negative stress doesn't support an optimal state of functioning. It gets in the way of happiness. It compromises our effectiveness. It robs us of our power. If a person is tired and can't move properly, motivation and productivity tends to suffer. When the mind is cluttered and confused, clear decision making becomes difficult and mistakes increase. Creativity and inner wisdom are harder to access. And the ability to be successful is seriously diminished. When we are overloaded with the harmful effects of stress, we should consider ourselves thoroughly compromised and take action to get back into balance. The beauty of massage is that it tends to work quickly and easily. One session can help elevate the body and mind out of the stress-crisis mode and back into a feeling of empowerment. Over time, just one massage a month can remove enough of the ongoing friction to keep us from spiraling into stress-overload in the first place. There is no reason to hit rock bottom if it can be prevented. Maintenance is the key.
Developing a self-care routine that includes massage can increase personal effectiveness profoundly. As much as stress in the mind reflects in the body, stress in the body also reflects in the mind. Our mind-body dynamic is multidimensional and we should address it from all angles. Massage is a fast, powerful, effective way to shift both the physical body and the mental paradigm right away and give a much needed energy boost. Personally, I've never worked better, danced better, or gotten more done than in the days following a deep tissue massage. The freedom it can give in daily activities can mean the difference between high level functioning and complete misery. Put into this perspective, the financial cost of a massage is really nothing to worry about. The cost against one's health and happiness is far greater when we deprive ourselves of this much needed healing time. And people take much better care of others, if they take excellent care of themselves first. It is worth it to invest just a little in order to raise the overall bar in life a lot!
Owner of Banyan Tree Healing Center in San Luis Obispo. Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Intuitive Healer