Did you know relaxation is a learned skill? Just like we build strength and stamina with exercise and healthy eating, a person must build relaxation muscles in order to maximize the positive effects.
Training our body, mind, and spirit to relax is a continual process and skill that requires practice. Do you exercise just once or twice a year? Most likely not. Similar to getting in shape through consistent exercise, the body learns the pattern of a regular massage schedule.
When you commit to consistent massage, normal aches and pains stay at bay. Daily stressors become more manageable. The body-mind-spirit connection increases.
Massage can become a valuable wellness tool when practiced regularly. Over time the body and mind learns what to do and you can acquire the ability to transfer into a deeply relaxed state. Some clients refer to this as an alter-state or even outer body experience.
Not to get too technical, but when the parasympathetic nervous system fires during a massage, tensions are released, allowing you to experience a physical peace of mind. Massage therapists call this “rest and digest” – decreasing the wear and tear on internal organs, relieving tight muscles, and slowing down your mind.
Isn’t relaxation through massage a skill worth learning for quality of life and longevity? I believe so.
Through regular massage, you and your body become accustomed to the experience. The atmosphere, music, and aromas all contribute to your overall relaxation and help you gain the benefits of massage. It’s almost a ritual.
Often my clients tell me that as soon as they lie down on the table, their body and mind begin to relax. Your whole being anticipates and welcomes the familiar relaxation therapy. This helps you experience a physical and emotional release.
The benefits from regular massage cannot be underestimated. It really is preventative health. Massage gives you a reprieve from the buildup of chronic pain and stress. Muscles learn what it feels like to be in a relaxed state and easily go there again (muscle memory.) The mind learns to let go of the endless To Do list.
You can revel in an hour of physical and emotional rest, making way for a happier, healthier you.
Isn’t it time you committed to a regular massage schedule?