Why don't we feel bad about going to the physio, chiro, even the dentist? It's because it doesn't feel as good, right? Something that feels THAT good must be a guilty pleasure!
Of all the healing arts, massage is probably the oldest. It has been in existence for at least 3000 years and mentioned in the earliest medical records in ancient Greece and China. Caesar used it for his neuralgia and epilepsy, Hippocrates used frictions on his sprains and dislocations. It's use has been well documented.
As therapists, WE know that Remedial Massage (even 10-20 minutes) is a therapetic treatment to alleviate muscle pain, reduce stress (the modern killer), recover from injuries and boost circulation and immune functions.
And finally the health industry has added massage to their health funds so that now you can claim a remedial massage in the same way as physio and dental.
It's time you realise that a once a month massage (or more) should be part of your health regime. If you have only ever had a beauty therapy Swdish massage, you might not realise that a really good massage is not just fluffy light hands and nice smelling oils (while this can also be very beautiful), but it can offer you a valid treatment option for such ailments:
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- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Lower stress levels
- Lessening of depression
- Reduced anger and aggression
- Improved sleep patterns and decreased sleep disturbance
- Reduced fatigue
- Enhances immune system
- Improves athletic performance and enhances recovery