Share Bodywork Benefits, Immune to Inactivity

Share Bodywork Benefits, Immune to Inactivity

IN THIS ISSUE: * How to Introduce a Friend to Massage * What to Expect when Expecting * Be Immune to Inactivity

How to Introduce a Friend to Massage: Sharing the Benefits of Bodywork

When we experience something good, it’s natural to want to tell everyone about it. Massage is no exception. Here are some ways to share your enthusiasm for massage therapy.

Gifting Massage

Gift certificates are a great way to share massages with the people in your life. Looking for the perfect birthday present? Purchase an hour gift certificate for them with your favorite massage therapist. Thanking someone for pet sitting? Reward them with a half-hour reflexology treatment. If it’s your spouse or significant other that you’re hoping to get interested in this healing therapy, perhaps a couple’s massage, where two people receive massage in the same room, could be an anniversary gift.

Giving someone a gift certificate allows the recipient to experience massage without financially committing to something that they might not be sure about. After the initial visit, it is up to them to evaluate whether the experience makes them want to pay for another one.

Outline the Benefits of Bodywork

Most people are aware that massage is effective at relieving stress and promoting relaxation, but there are myriad benefits you can highlight depending on your audience. For those who suffer from low-back pain, a study by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle has shown that massage is more effective than medication at reducing pain. Some massage therapists provide specialized sport massage, something that might appeal to your golfing buddy who needs to loosen up his swing and increase his range of motion.

In addition to helping people reduce pain or cope with physical injuries, the supportive touch of a massage therapist can be a powerful positive encounter during times of emotional distress. If someone in your life is dealing with grief or loss, you might recommend massage as a way for them to relax and be tended to without having to actively share their feelings, a welcome relief for many people.

Here are just some of the positives that massage and bodywork can provide. You can tailor your “pitch” to your audience by focusing on those specific to their situation:

–Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
–Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow–the body’s natural defense system.

–Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
–Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.

–Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ–the skin.

–Increase joint flexibility.
–Lessen depression and anxiety.

–Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

–Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
–Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
–Reduce spasms and cramping.
–Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
–Release endorphins–amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.

–Relieve migraine pain.  …Click here for full publication Spring 2014