I have been a massage therapist for 20 years, with qualifications in Swedish, Remedial, Polarity, Reflexology and Chinese massage. In that time I’ve worked on hundreds if not thousands of people, old, young, fit and healthy, sick and infirm, supple, tight, stressed and well the even more stressed!
I love the feeling of accomplishment I get when, as I work on a body, it starts to relax, the tension goes out of the muscles and the person’s whole being settles into the massage table. It never ceases to amaze me how much can be achieved just through well applied touch.
The health benefits for massage are well documented and include stimulating both the blood and the lymphatic circulatory systems, pain management, relief of muscle tightness, easing of tension and general relaxation. Recent research from the US shows that massage also has significant positive gains for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Why then do so many people feel that a massage is only for special occasions, a special treat or reward. Why is it some people feel guilty at sneaking in a massage as if making time for their own health and relaxation is overly self-indulgent?
Most Private Health Funds now offer refunds on regular massage thus recognising the health benefits both as a treatment and as a preventative. So don’t feel guilty, listen to your body, choose a massage and congratulate yourself on being pro-active in looking after your health and well-being.