First timers to bodywork who come to our studio will often answer bashfully when asked if they have ever had a massage before. “Not a professional massage, no”.
Let’s face it, most of us know someone who cares about us that will squeeze our shoulders or rub our feet, perhaps there’s even been a back massage in there somewhere. Touch feels good and is essential to human life. So then why spend the time and money on a professional massage / bodywork?
- Knowing what to do and how to do it has a beneficial effect. When your legs are sore after your weekend run a massage therapist knows how to massage them to decrease discomfort and speed recovery. A well meaning friend who is not trained could work too deep and cause more tissue damage increasing pain and inflammation.
- Skills and experience. When a massage therapist gets down to work they usually seem to find all the places that need work and often can find areas you didn’t know were sore. Massage therapists understand what is connected to what and how that affects everything else.
- Keeping it clean: professional boundaries. You don’t have to worry that your massage therapist is too tired, too busy or going to avoid you because you keep asking them for a massage.
- Making the time for a proper massage when you need it makes all the difference. Sometimes when you anticipate times of high stress and physical demand you can plan ahead and pre-book a massage to help you through. Even a last minute booking can be a saving grace. A massage designed by you and your therapist to meet your physical needs will also have a psychological and emotional impact. Most people sleep better and feel happier on top of being more relaxed in their body.
The best incentive of all is that a lot of insurance companies offering benefits cover massage therapy.
So the next time you feel the urge to ask someone to rub your shoulders consider a professional massage instead. You will be glad you did.