Even though you are busy, remember your body and mind are wired to need breaks from stress. By making an appointment for a massage, you are giving your body that much-needed break. Here are five ideas to maximize the relaxing benefits and help you turn your massage session into a mini-retreat.
1.To extend the feelings of deep relaxation after your massage, try to schedule your massage sessions after significant events such as presentations, parties, meetings, etc., so you can fully unwind and not have to gear yourself up for something that requires significant effort and concentration on your part.
2. If possible, soak in a hot tub or bath before your massage to give your muscles a chance to warm and relax. Adding herbs such as lavender, rosemary or chamomile will enhance relaxation.
3. Don’t go back to work or run errands afterward. Go home and avoid the computer and telephone. Lie down, listen to music, or do simple activities such as reading or folding laundry to keep your mind in a dreamy state
4. Take a leisurely walk or simply sit by a window with a view of trees, water or a garden. Relax your eyes and focus on the colors and textures of the earthly environment.
5. Before bed the evening after your massage, drink a cup of herb tea such as chamomile or lavender to help you sleep.
With its warmer temperatures and long days, summer is an ideal time for exercising. In addition to its physical benefits, exercise can also make significant contributions to a person’s psychological and emotional well being, making it an important part of achieving and maintaining health. Massage, with its relaxing and soothing benefits and its ability to release muscle tension, can supplement any exercise program for greater effectiveness, comfort and enjoyment.
Regular exercise strengthens your body and improves your mood. Exercise also reduces stress in several ways. It helps decrease physical tension and mental stress including anxiety and depression. Taking a brisk walk, riding a bike or working out for even half an hour can balance your mood, change your day around and help you sleep better. Engaging in physical activity outside during the day also gives you exposure to light and fresh air, both of which can do wonders to boost your spirits, especially in the cooler, darker months. The Mayo Clinic supports exercise as a stress reducer, saying that focusing on the task of exercising can result in a calmer, clearer mind.
You may find it easier and less painful to exercise and stretch appropriately if you receive massage. Try scheduling a massage for the hours after you exercise, or schedule massage more regularly, and see if you feel a difference.
For serious athletes, a specialized mode of massage called sports massage, has been developed. While not used much by most of the exercising public, sports massage, which is generally given right before an athletic competition, can enhance physical performance and reduce injuries.
Whatever your exercise program, keep in mind these contributions massage can make and consider adding massage to complement your fitness regimen.
relieve areas of chronic tension
increase your sense of energy
help prevent injury by lengthening muscle fibers and increasing circulation to muscles
reduce soreness from overexertion
reduce swelling and build-up of irritating waste products in your tissues
help heal injuries by improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients to recovering tissues
improve the circulation around joints and promote joint mobility
The guiding principle of Alison Trowbridge Massage Therapy is that massage, when performed with full attention and focus, can have profound benefits for an individual’s overall health and well-being. Alison believes massage can help people achieve levels of physical, emotional and spiritual relaxation that otherwise may be missing from their lives.