Written by AnnaMarie Jones
We’re all familiar with those “you” days. The, phone: off, kids: babysat, work: finished, homework: turned in, responsibilities: TBD, kind of days. It is the day to unwind and turn your brain off for a couple hours and treat yourself to a spa day. You have an hour and a half date with your favorite massage therapist and all that matters are you and your 90 minutes. Wouldn’t it be amazing if those days weren’t so rare? Well, let me tell you– they don’t have to be. Oh yeah, I said that. Monthly massages! It’s a new decade. You’re busy, you’re tired, I’m tired just thinking of how busy you are. It’s time to give your mind, soul and body a little extra TLC. So why not give yourself even an extra hour to your schedule to unwind and focus on you? If you’re still not convinced, don’t worry, I have a few more reasons why a monthly massage would be beneficial.
When you’re stressed, one of the first changes that your body goes through is the tightening of muscles. The tension focused in your muscles can result in pain and stiffness throughout specific points of the body. When those muscles are worked out through massage and therapeutic touch, the tightening begins to loosen along with the rebalancing of your hormones. Not to mention it also changes your mood in the mix of everything else. Studies have shown that the “feel good” neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, are released in the body when you’re in a massage service. A lot of people come out of their sessions feeling a light, floaty feeling of relaxation and a happy, calm mood. Those are your neurotransmitters at work. Serotonin is proven to contribute to anxiety and depression when levels are low, as dopamine levels can make you feel a lack of energy and motivation when low. Therefore, the addition to a frequent massage visit in your monthly routine will help you to tackle the rest of your month with a more positive and ambitious mindset.
Speaking of anxiety, about 40 million people have some form of it or find it relevant in their day to day life, and that should be talked about more. Everyone dealing with their stress levels or managing their anxieties, know the various effects it can have on the body. Like mentioned before, high stress levels can lead to tightened muscles but it can also create headaches, changes in your blood pressure and irregularity in your sleep cycle, just to name three. Along with relaxing the muscles and focusing on pressure points to alleviate pressure in the head, causing headaches, massage also forces the body to relax. If you are someone with high blood pressure or someone with difficulty falling or staying asleep, massage can benefit these two different problems in similar ways. When your mind and body are slowed down and relaxed, blood pressure levels slow as well. Equally, as your blood pressure slows, your heart rate also slows down to a steady rate, which is what happens when your body prepares to fall asleep. Having a consistent massage helps to force your whole body to calm down and relax, overall resulting in preparation for sleep by having tensions released and blood pressure levels steadied.
Making room in your busy schedule for a trip to your favorite massage therapist will only improve the productivity set to go through your month. If, after hearing just the beginning of how monthly massages are beneficial, you’re still asking yourself, “Yeah, that all sounds perfect for me, but do I really have the extra money laying around for a massage every month?”, there are options. Monthly memberships are always available to any client at a steady rate. With this membership, one of your monthly benefit options would be an hour massage with your choice of massage therapist. Having these options available allows us to help anyone looking to build their own schedule and make their monthly massage a priority. The well-being of your mind and body need to always stay at the top of your checklist, so why not pencil in a monthly date to do just that.