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3 Reasons to Get Massage Often

3 Reasons to Get Massage Often

Posted by Wendy McGrath

Why a regular massage should be a fundamental component to your overall wellness program. We'd all love to get massage on a regular basis.  If that sounds more like a luxury and not a necessity, check your facts.  Health experts recommend regular massage therapy with good reason!

1. Your pain wasn't built in a day

You did develop that ache or pain or health condition overnight. Pain comes from things you do over a period of months and years, like working at a desk or computer.  And it's likely to reoccur simply due to the routine of everyday life, and that takes toll on your body. A regularly scheduled massage helps you keep on top of your health rather than playing catchup all the time. American comedian and actor Bob Hope, received a massage almost every day of his life and he lived to be almost 90.

Think about how much money you spend on healthcare to treat symptoms like chronic pain, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression--and to diagnose you when you're sick, then consider how much you could save by adding a preventative treatment like regular massage.

2. Stress happens--All the time

Your stress triggers are always with you not just on days when you decide to treat yourself to a massage.  Sure, there are bigger, one-time events that are intensely stressful, like losing a job. But low to moderate level stress triggers: crazy traffic, difficult people, delayed flights and meetings. These are ongoing events of everyday life. Experts widely agree that this chronic, continual stress is the underlying cause of 80 to 90 percent of all health conditions.

Stress leads to all kinds of serious chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, insomnia and obesity.  There's more research showing that stress alone can lead to certain types of cancer.

You can't stop stressful situations from happening. Even if you practice stress management techniques like meditation. It's challenging to completely prevent the natural chemical reactions that stress triggers in your body. But you can manage its lasting effects on your health by "stress-detoxing" on an ongoing basis.  Frequent and consistent massage helps your body sustain its stress resilience mechanisms and keeps stress hormones in balance, in turn reducing the risk of chronic health conditions and illnesses.

Therapeutic massage can become a part of a regular stress management program.  Making this a priority can help you maintain a healthy weight, sleep better and even alleviate depression in certain situations.  

3. Quality of life isn't just for special occasions                

At Elements Therapeutic Massage about half of our clientele comes in for regularly scheduled massages because it helps keep them healthy and enables them to lead an active lifestyle.

Even if you’re not experiencing pain or mobility challenges that keep you from hiking, biking golfing or other physical activities that you enjoy.  Massage can simply be the breather you need to keep your sanity and perspective in a hectic society. Think about how that can improve your outlook, attitude and relationships with your spouse, kids, family, friends, co-workers, boss...

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