With the upcoming (today!!) launch of my new business, in Red Bank, New Jersey, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get my forever racing thoughts out of my head and on to a blog! I’ve spent the day (more like past week) raking my mind with the perfect first entry, and it was under my nose the whole time!
It has come to my attention that many people are completely unaware about the health benefits associated with massage therapy. I’ve been told by many that they are just too uncomfortable, some even “grossed out” by the thought of a stranger touching their bare skin (my own mother included). Being a massage therapist in New Jersey for 8 years now, I am still perplexed when I hear “ugh, I could never have a stranger touch me”. I don’t recommend just having any random Joe Schmo in the grocery store touch you, but a trained licensed massage therapist is a different story.
I always love when I have a client on the table who has never had a massage before..they are generally very chatty at first, not knowing what to expect, and halfway through they are fast asleep and I catch myself slipping on puddle of drool. (Okay, maybe that never happened, but you get the idea). Some of these are the same people who very convincingly, swore they would never get a massage, let alone pass out during one.
Besides being completely relaxing, massage therapy has so many great benefits, some of which include:
- Reduction of headaches
- Aids in the healing of sports injuries
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces pain and muscle tension
- Can reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Helpful in relieving joint and nerve pain
- Improves circulation
- Increases self awareness
- Improve range of motion
- Increases peace of mine (which we all can use)
… and the list goes on! If those aren’t good enough reasons to get a massage, I’m not sure what is. With so many different massage techniques available, there is one for everybody. You can just relax and de-stress from the day with a Swedish or hot stone massage, or you’re looking to release chronic muscle tension with a deep tissue massage. I recommend starting with a Swedish massage if you’ve never had a massage before.
I have yet to have someone get off my massage table and leave unhappy, and as for the ones who swore they would never get a massage, are usually the ones questioning why it took them so long to get one in the first place.