Massage as Self-Care in the New Year

Forty percent of us make New Year’s resolutions; fortunately, it’s not too late for you to join this worldwide practice.  Massage Remedy believes everyone should include self-care as one of their 2023 resolutions.  What is self-care?  Self-care is the discipline of taking care of your physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being.   Fortunately, focusing on self-care doesn’t mean your need to buy any fancy equipment or invest in an expensive program.  Self-care is about making lifestyle changes that will have lasting effects rather than working toward a one-time goal.  This will help you reduce stress and worry in your life and increase your sense of well-being.  It’s less about adding extra commitments to your busy schedule and more about making small changes within the routine you already have.  Like having a massage! 

There’s a good reason why incorporating massage into your self-care plan is trending.  In any given year, 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety, and even insomnia.  To make matters worse, approximately twenty percent of adults suffer from chronic pain daily.  So, why would we not prioritize our health and wellness?  We all have our own self-care routines, but massage could add many benefits to your overall welfare.  The fantastic thing about self-care is that it comes in many forms: skincare, eating healthily, hobbies, good sleep hygiene, and massage.  So why should massage be a part of everyone’s wellness routine?  It’s a common misconception that massage is only intended for pampering yourself.  While this may be true for some people, it is most frequently a tool for stress reduction and pain relief.  As a form of self-care, massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions and is also one of the most accessible.  Sure, massage can help us relax, but it can do much more than that.  The benefits of massage can include improving circulation, energy, and alertness; lowering heart rate and blood pressure; and improving immune function.

There’s truly nothing more relaxing than a massage with a qualified massage therapist.  Studies have shown that massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, anxiety, and even headaches.  Therapeutic massage takes it one step further by giving your body a chance to relax, unwind, and repair itself.  Massage Remedy recommends that a person experiencing a physical, mental, or emotional issue be evaluated by one of our qualified therapists for recommendations on the type and frequency of massage that would best benefit them.  For individuals not experiencing physical, mental, or emotional issues, we recommend a routine 60-90 minute massage like our Perfect or Organic Remedy. 

The great thing about massage therapy is that it is completely customizable for anyone and everyone.  Custom enhancements like aromatherapy or pain-relief lotions, such as CBD, can add to the relaxation of your massage session.  Even 60 minutes of massage can make a world of difference in your stress levels.  With all the compounding stress of your work and personal life, you must make the time to ease your tension.  You can effectively reduce stress by incorporating massage into your self-care routine.

In other words, self-care focuses on what’s best for you and where you are right now in life rather than focusing just on exercise or worrying less.  It’s a universal approach to becoming the best version of yourself.  The start of a new year is a  great opportunity to make massage an important part of your self-care regime because it’s very doable no matter where you are in life, and it’s a very holistic approach to bettering yourself.  The takeaway should be, focusing on a lifestyle change rather than a goal you have to check off on your list means that you are making a lasting change in your life for the better.

 

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