“One of the most frequently asked questions regarding massage therapy is if it’s worth the expense? Massage is not just a simple back rub, nor is it just a ‘luxury’ or occasional ‘treat.’ Research tells us that massage therapy is a valuable component of a well-rounded healthcare regimen, combating everything from chronic pain to the negative effects of stress.
The misconception that massage therapy is just a luxury is prevalent. Some people believe that massage therapy is either an indulgence for the wealthy or a ‘treat’ for special occasions. Some clients have been influenced by others and made to feel guilty for spending money on a monthly massage session. These clients seem to think of massage therapy as a frivolity they don’t deserve. They will say: ‘I try to explain the benefits I get from massage therapy to my spouse [friend, family member, etc.], but all they can focus on is the money being spent on a ‘luxury.’’
Admittedly, massage therapy has a monetary cost, but that should be weighed against the benefits of the treatment—diminished stress, decreased pain, improved moods, etc. There is usually a way to budget for a monthly massage with a bit of reprioritizing.
You do not need to be in pain or discomfort to benefit from massage therapy. In addition to being effective for pain relief, massage is also beneficial as a stress-reducing and wellness measure. In reality, massage therapy is an integral component of an overall health maintenance plan.”
Excerpts taken from More Than A Luxury: The Lifelong Value of Massage Therapy by Lee Picciuto.
Originally published in Body Sense, Autumn/Winter 2009.