Last week I had the pleasure of meeting a woman named Helga. She was my masseuse. She was in her 70’s and one of the strongest, healthiest, wisest women I have ever met.
In a matter of an hour, she taught me life philosophies, including not taking things so seriously and taking care of your body as a top priority. She believes women take too much time taking care of others, and not enough time taking care of themselves. And guilt is over-rated.
Working for many spas in my marketing career, I knew the importance of rejuvenating your body and healing, but I always looked at treatments as a luxury and felt so guilty when I did indulge. Helga reiterated to me the importance of massage and how many cultures require family members to massage themselves daily to ensure their bodies functions optimally.
For the first time, it really resonated with me that massage may not just be a luxury, but a necessity. Massage has been a healing technique since ancient civilizations.
What does massage do for you?
Massage is the manipulation of layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques. It enhances muscle function, aids in healing, decreases muscle reflex activity and promotes relaxation and well-being. Specifically it can help:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Enhance immunity by activating the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles.
- Improve circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Help athletes prepare for or recover from strenuous activity.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Relieve pain and migraines by releasing endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller.
- Promote tissue regeneration to reduce scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers.
My advice? Make an appointment for your next massage and consider scheduling them monthly. Dare I say I have appointments for 3 this month?? That’s a first.
Just a reminder…Skin Deep Salon & Spa is one of our discounted favorites. You receive a 10% discount when you show your Heels to Laces VIP discount card. Another favorite masseuse is Sharon Priore – she works out of the Summit Y: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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