Why professional massage therapy? Why not just get a back rub from a loved one, or use one of those neat massage chairs at the gym? Why get massage at all?
Let's start with that last question, because it's the easiest one to answer. You should get massage because it works. Studies show that regular massage is good for chronic pain, inflammation, mood, and anxiety. Much like an exercise regimen, massage has many subtle—and not-so-subtle—wellness benefits. If you've got a body and a nervous system, they can both benefit from massage.
But why professional massage therapy? Couldn't you get the same benefits from trading massage with a friend? To some extent, yes! I strongly encourage my clients to try self-massage, and to give and receive meaningful contact. This can positively influence BOTH parties, and it will almost certainly help with pain and mood. If everyone made this a regular tradition, the world would be a happier, healthier place.
Thinking about getting your first massage ever? You might be wondering what it will be like, and you may even be a little worried. A little pre-massage anxiety is normal for your first time, but it's not necessary :) Here's how it will go:
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The short answer is “No. Absolutely not.”
But the long answer is, well, much longer. This is one of the most frequently asked questions about massage and deserves some discussion.
Our legs do a lot for us. We use them all day, every day. Like other parts of our body they can get tired, overused, sore, and in need of some care.
Our legs take us where we want to go. They let us walk around to do what we need to do - even if it’s just to grab a snack from the kitchen.
Some jobs are physical and involve being on your feet a lot. If lifting and moving things are involved you use your legs to lift and haul them around. Job responsibilities can have repetitive actions than can overwork your muscles.