In today’s fast-paced world, this ancient healing modality can bring peace to your mind as well as relaxation to your body
Self care is not always highly valued in our society, but as healthcare costs skyrocket and people report symptoms of chronic stress, it’s wise to look to simple ways we can care for ourselves. Massage therapy has been around for thousands of years, and its benefits are varied.
This is a treatment that—like stretching, yoga, and pilates—can help you re-align your muscles and frame to support a more healthy posture and feel stronger. It can also mean a chance to breathe, relax, and take a break from your daily responsibilities—something we all could use from time to time.
Here is an overview of some of the ways massage can help you:
Don’t be a victim of the sit
Some of us suffer from tight hip muscles as a result of sitting too much—in an office chair, or behind the wheel of a car. Over time this can result in chronic lower back pain, which can drive you to a massage therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or physician. Or even to take pain medication on a regular basis. But here’s a trick: if you’re getting regular massages, and/or doing consistent stretches to compensate for these positions, it can avoid the buildup of discomfort and alleviate the need for the other, more intense interventions down the road. You know what they say about a little preventive medicine.
Get to know your vulnerabilities
Be self-aware! It’s hard to correct a slouch unless you know you’re slouching. If you’ve ever heard of the Alexander Technique, you may have heard the provocative notion that it takes just as much energy to slouch as it does to stand up straight; it’s just that we’re accustomed to one over the other. It’s possible to re-train your body into a more functional alignment, and massage therapy is one good way to start getting in touch with the areas of your body that could use some attention.
Treat your body right
Humans are upright animals—we are meant to walk, not to sit. But even those of us who already use ergonomic work stations, standing desks, and take prescribed breaks can use the relief and release that a massage can provide. Massage therapists are simply able to get at places we can’t reach, or treat, ourselves.
Take the next step
So why not reach out for that massage therapy appointment? There’s only one way to find out whether this is a method that will work for you. Remember that there are many different massage techniques, and an experience with one therapist can vary wildly from the experience of another.
Asking for referrals is always a good idea, but there are probably plenty of highly qualified professionals in your area. Go in with a clear idea of any areas you need help with, as well as an open mind about what they might suggest. You have nothing to lose but tension and muscle tightness!
If you’re interested in training to become a massage therapist, look into the many benefits of this career. We hope it might lead you down a satisfying professional path!
This article is part of the weekly blog of the Salter School. We offer several different professional training programs at our campuses in Malden and Fall River, MA. Reach out to us today for more information or to schedule a campus tour!