LIVE WELL: Massages


The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to appreciate the little things that just seem to make life better. This list includes monthly facials, quality skincare products, and massages. All have become necessary pieces of my current wellness routine. If you’re thinking getting a massage once a month seems a little extra, let me break it down for you in this week’s installment of our LIVE WELL series.

I feel like massages can sometimes get a bad rap for being self-indulgent. But turns out they can play a big role in one’s health. Not only do they feel amazing, but there are some pretty amazing benefits as well. If you suffer from any kind of chronic pain like migraines or fibromyalgia, massage has shown to be one of the best ways to alleviate symptoms.

If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety, a monthly massage can also make a world of difference. I have firsthand experience with this one (with some PTSD after my husband’s heart attack), so take it from me. And it’s not just the massage itself that completely relaxes me. There’s something about the room, the calm music, the oils—it’s the whole experience. It really is the one time a month where I feel like I can truly shut my mind off for an hour. That alone makes it worth working into my monthly budget.

Whatever your reason for wanting to add massages to your wellness routine, don’t be afraid to treat yourself. You deserve it!

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4 comments

  1. I used to think massages were a luxury! Nope! They’re so necessary. My body is so tight from weight training and overcoming a knee injury, and massages are so essential for me.

    I’ve also started flossing my spine! I discovered it while watchingDr. Rahim’s Gonstead chiropractic method on Youtube. You should check it out. He’s so thorough!

    Blu
    http://www.liveloveblu.com | wellness & healthy living

  2. Biweekly massages are the only thing that saved me when I was suffering from RSI (repetitive strain injury) in my arms from bad posture and too much desk work (that, and strengthening my arms through yoga.) Since that scary time I get a massage every month and I hate when people call them “self-indulgent.” They’re necessary things I get for my health. I was going to a massage therapist at a chiropractor for awhile, but he left the practice and since I’ve found a small boutique practice near my apartment. I would just tell anyone not familiar with massage to go to a licensed therapist, even if it’s not fancy, and not a spa or anywhere where they serve you cucumber water. I really wish massage was covered under health insurance because it’s such an important part of my health!

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