21 Dec 10 Reasons You Should Gift Yourself a Massage
10 Reasons You Should Gift Yourself a Massage
The season for self-care starts today!
– by Karrie Osborn
Over the years, we’ve often reminded you in these pages that sharing a gift of massage with others is a wonderful way to show you care. And while that is still an important message we hope you will share this season, even more important is reminding yourself that you’re worthy of that gift too . . . now, and all year long. Here are 10 reasons why you need to gift yourself a massage.
1. IT’S A HEALTHY WAY TO INVEST IN YOURSELF
Now, more than ever, self-care needs to be a priority. Show yourself some love by investing in yourself. Research shows touch is a necessity, a basic human need. If a child is deprived of human contact, they fail to thrive and have issues with social attachments. Isolated elders have shorter lifespans. Touch is important to our human DNA, no matter where we fall on the lifespan timeline. Therapeutic touch, with all its intention, is even more powerful and is a loving gift you need to honor yourself with more frequently.
2. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR BODY
When it comes to the physiological benefits you can reap from massage, researchers are constantly adding more and more value to that list. A few of the most impactful massage benefits research has proven include:
- Improved immune system function
- Improved muscle and tendon recovery
- Improved sleep and reduced fatigue in cancer patients
- Increased pain relief without the side effects of narcotics
- And don’t forget all its preventive benefits either!
Truth is, massage may feel like a luxury, but it is actually a sound investment in your health. In fact, hands-on therapies have an incredible return on investment.
3. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR MIND
In addition to the peace and well-being that naturally blossoms from a cared-for body, many forms of massage and bodywork have specific restorative effects on the mind. While your body is getting its therapeutic attention, your mind has a chance to go quiet—something that doesn’t come easily in today’s world—and you get to double up the therapeutic benefits.
Massage can work at a deeper level too….(To read “the rest of the story”, please click here BSwinter2020