Thursday, May 20, 2010
GUEST BLOGGER: Amanda Kane, LSW
TIP OF THE DAY: Book a Massage!
One of my absolute favorite indulgences is a massage. I love that the entire process is about relaxation--something that everyone needs more of in their lives. Many people think of body treatments as a luxury (and they can be very expensive!), but I argue that massage is a necessity.
Massage offers a myriad of benefits. Here are just a few:
Massage stimulates the circulatory and immune system. Massage helps with muscle aches and lower back pain. It can help you recover more quickly after a workout or help warm you up before a jog.
Massage can help to alleviate stress and depression.
Humans need to be touched. Massage is a simple way to have this need met. This can be especially important for those who are more socially isolated and do not benefit from physical contact with others. Touch is healing and soothing. It is energetically beneficial. Massage is all about pleasure. and pleasure is certainly an important part of health and life.
Self-care is essential but frequently undervalued in our culture. Setting aside money and spending money on yourself is not superfluous. How can you meet all of your responsibilities without some well-deserved me time?
If you find that booking a massage at a spa is out of your price range, consider contacting massage schools in your area. Usually, you can get a steeply discounted massage by a massage student.