Is massage a luxury or necessity?

Instead, place the microwave manually and don't remove the bag until you hear the grains separate 2 seconds. So, refer to the first tip and hear the cores separate by 2 seconds. Don't wait for those stubborn kernels or risk a whole bowl of burnt popcorn. Usually, when people think of the word “massage,” they associate it with “luxury,” “indulgence,” and “pampering.” It's seen as a pleasure and something that people can afford once or twice a year.

The idea that massage is “just an indulgence” is not true. The benefits of massage are endless and something that very few people know about. Massages can help balance emotions, anxiety, circulatory problems, joint and muscle pain, insomnia, and more. It is important that we share the benefits of massage with our clients and teach them that massage should be much more than just a little “whim” from time to time.

Regular massages help establish and maintain good health and well-being. From a customer perspective, understanding this can make the difference between returning regularly or once or twice a year. The meaning of luxury also includes giving pleasure that is self-indulgent or sensual, extremely comfortable, elegant or pleasant. A second study in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies caused carpal tunnel patients to self-massage daily and receive a professional massage weekly for four weeks compared to a control group.

Massage therapy helps the body relax by relieving muscle tension and, therefore, the mind can also relax. Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology compared the benefits of massage with those of relaxation therapy in people with fibromyalgia. Massage helps relieve muscle tension resulting from stress to relax the body and produce a sense of calm that helps stress seem to go away. The relaxing touch of the massage also helps interrupt pain signals to the brain and calm the nervous system to further reduce pain.

When you take the initiative to plan a time of the week for a massage, you give yourself an hour or more just for yourself. When you consider the many health benefits of massage, you begin to see that massage is truly a necessary part of self-care that turns out to be luxurious. Fortunately for you, massage therapy is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to help reduce that stress. The professional massage therapists at Helen's Haven are here to help you take advantage of all the incredible benefits of massage to improve your health and well-being.

A study conducted at both the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Connecticut and the New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry found that weekly Swedish massages decreased knee pain in those suffering from osteoarthritis.