My thoughts at this time include the essential workers. Hats off to them, really what would we do without them. Doctors, nurses who help the sick, grocery store workers who help us keep our fridges stocked and also government workers to help manage the rules and regulations that are maintaining our society are all essential aren’t they? But what about massage therapists? Are they necessary? The word essential means “absolutely necessary or extremely important” and that something essential is needed to preserve life and prevent dysfunction or death. There are many shifts happening in our society at the moment and these changes can bring about fear, more so now that we are isolated and out of our normal routines. I am sure you’d agree when I say that we are rattled, nervous, anxious, unsure, uneasy and tensed. If there is any time in history when massage was necessary, it is now. The world needs a massage more than ever right now. Massage therapists are at the essence of that which can help calm nerves and ease tension. We are major contributors to restoring peace and curbing anxiety. Thus I believe that massage therapists are essential workers. Making decisions when relaxed will lead to more balance and peace so I dare believe I can be a positive influence in the grand scheme of things. The soon as I’m told is safe to return to massage I certainly will in order to continue the work that is essential for mind and body. “Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.” – Marian Anderson

Looking after ourselves has never been more important as our lives are stressful and even that extra bit of stress is enough to tilt us over the edge. Mental and physical health is what we have when we’re born, keeping it is our responsibility and our test in this day and age. This lesson will make us stronger and will define us in the following decades. In the age of information it seems that this is easy to do as you can just learn about it from thousands of sources, the truth is that just learning about it is not enough we have got to live those ways of being, change our ways of thinking and chose our priorities wisely as time is precious and what we do with it of paramount importance. Chose to be healthy! Want to live inside your body and search your soul, find quiet as comfort and staying still a way of making change. Connect to your higher self by meditating which is not more than the flow of constant awareness of your self being alive and understanding your surroundings through your senses. Start the new decade by making a pledge to learn more about yourself be that at the gym, on a stroll in the park or forest or in a spa or in the comfort of your home with a massage or healing session to release some of that stress. See you soon!

Regular Massage Benefits

Regular Massage Benefits

If you’ve ever had a massage, you know it is pleasant and relaxing. You may not have realized it can also have physical and emotional benefits if it is done regularly. There are several types of massage, from deep-tissue therapies to gentle Swedish treatments. They don’t replace medical treatment, but they can benefit your body and mind if you have them done on an ongoing basis.

Pain Relief

Regular massages help with pain management. The therapist can concentrate on stiff muscles and specific problem areas, loosening them and increasing blood circulation. This temporarily relieves pain from sports injuries, arthritis and other conditions. You may not need as much pain medication if you get massages regularly.

Immune System Support

Many studies have shown regular massages support immune system function and decrease stress-related hormones that can lower immunity. For example, New Jersey researchers found college students who were stressed about an upcoming exam had better immune system function and less anxiety when they received a massage.

Fibromyalgia Relief

Studies at the Touch Research Institutes in Miami showed that massage relieves fibromyalgia-related pain. The Journal of Clinical Rheumatology reports massage therapy lowered stress hormones, anxiety and depression in fibromyalgia sufferers and worked more quickly than transcutaneous electrical stimulation.

Stress Management

Regular massages are an effective stress- management technique. Stress is often caused by being over-committed and overwhelmed with home, work and family obligations. A weekly or bi-weekly massage forces you to take time out for yourself for a pleasurable, relaxing activity.

Management of Emotional Disorders

Massage therapy can help you to manage emotional disorders such as depression or anxiety as part of an overall treatment plan. Massage is soothing, nurturing and relaxing. It can improve your state of mind if you concentrate on releasing negative thoughts during the treatment. You can incorporate visualization exercises in which you picture yourself in pleasant surroundings during the massage.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Tiffany Field, executive director of the Touch Research Institutes (TRI) in Miami, discovered massage can improve ADHD symptoms in teenagers. Adolescents who received ten or 15 minute massages for 10 consecutive days all showed positive changes. They felt happier and their teachers reported better behavior. Other TRI studies have shown that youngsters with ADHD benefit from twice-monthly massage therapy.