Aha Moments: A Few Reflections on Wellness
What are you currently doing to relieve the stress and pressures of everyday life? Because stress affects each person differently, it’s important to recognize the triggers and have healthy and effective personal coping strategies at your fingertips.
Now if you’re looking for the ultimate stress buster, consider massage therapy. Massage works wonders for the body, mind and spirit. My former fitness trainer, Laura, told me years ago that massage should not be considered a luxury, but a necessity. Having experienced the benefits of massage therapy myself, I concur, hands down!
“I take a massage each week. It isn’t an indulgence; it’s an investment in your full creative expression, productivity, passion and sustained good health.”—Robin S. Sharma
There are many massage techniques. The following are the most common services available:
- Deep tissue
- Trigger point
Other styles include shiatsu, reflexology, chair, Thai, prenatal, use of hot stones, and more. Some therapists combine techniques based on individual’s needs. I regularly delight in Swedish massage, a whole-body therapeutic technique designed to relax the muscles and joints in the entire body. A one-hour session elevates me to a state of euphoria—leaving me refreshed and rejuvenated.
Erin, my masseuse extraordinaire of eight years and whom I lovingly refer to as Magic Hands, suggests that because the effects of massage are cumulative, scheduling weekly or bimonthly appointments is essential. According to Erin, massage will help you get the most out of your exercise routine by keeping your muscles loose and will also help eliminate soreness. Click here to learn more about Erin’s services.
Share the pleasure. Nurture more than your body, mind, and spirit—nurture your relationship. Consider massage therapy as a date-night event for you and your honey—purchase a side-by-side couple’s package or individual service. Then enjoy a nice, quiet, relaxing dinner at your favorite restaurant. Doesn’t that sound delicious! You both will be floating on cloud heaven the rest of the evening.
Seek the service of a licensed massage therapist (LMT). The cost varies depending on where you go and the type and length of service you desire—anywhere from $30-$120. Massage therapy is an investment that reaps health dividends. Schedule an appointment soon and notice the difference in how you feel.
While massage therapy is ideal for stress management, muscle tension and relaxation, it may not be appropriate for everyone. Be sure to discuss specific health conditions with your therapist and determine which techniques are right for you. For best results, it’s important not to eat right before a massage. And to experience the full benefit, schedule your service at a time when you can chillax afterward.
For more information, see the article, “Massage Therapy Styles and Health Benefits.” Click here to review.
If you are looking for other ideas to help relieve stress, see “12 Holiday Stress Busters” from the December 2015/Winter 2015-2016 newsletter. The suggestions listed are applicable for any day of the year. Click here to review.
Lifestyle 120 can help you devise an empowering wellness plan that supports your needs, lifestyle and individual goals. To learn more, click here.
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”—Joseph Campbell
Love, peace and health,
T. Kari Mitchell
Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach