When was the last time you……
Scratched an itch and then rubbed the spot?
Rubbed your temples?
Stretched out your wrists?
Massaged your scalp as you washed your hair?
Rubbed the base of your neck?
Vigorously rubbed a part of your body to warm up?
I bet it was recently! And, I bet you didn’t even realize you were doing it! Your body asks for therapeutic touch all the time and responds accordingly. And, you often are your own care-giver. Often, we do not even ‘hear’ these signs, we simply react.
Are these signs, though, saying more to you than just give me a little attention now? Or, are they saying: “Hey, you need to pay better attention to me!”
That little ache or tightness from exercise can often end up in a full muscle spasm if you don’t pay attention to it and the underlying cause.
And what about that yawn? Are you in need of a five minute work break or are you overwhelmed and constant of stress?
Massage Therapy is often defined as the manual manipulation of soft tissue. It is so much more complex than that. Sessions never simply involve the assessment and treatment of releasing tension in a muscle. They are often a complex mixture of the modalities that any one individual therapist has in their ‘tool’ box.
Rarely, do bodywork sessions not support reducing stress or enhancing the rest and relaxation of the client. What will you choose to help with that ache or your stress?
The Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals has a glossary of brief explanations of many of the techniques currently in practice.
One of the most commonly requested treatments is a SWEDISH RELAXATION MASSAGE which the ABMP defines as “a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation…..The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.” So, while it helps enhance deep relaxation it also assists the body to heal in other ways.
Paying attention to what your body is telling you is not easy- it takes self-knowledge. It also requires you taking a moment and calming the mind so that you can listen to what it is trying to tell you. Self-treatment is great and I encourage you to do that! Sometimes, it takes a professional to assist you and your body to recover from aches, pains and stress.
With the right supportive therapist and your own self-care, those aches and stress can be minimized or eliminated.
If you need help in selecting a technique that best suits your needs, don’t hesitate to call and Body-Wise can point you in the right direction—here at our office or elsewhere—your health & wellness is our greatest concern.
For now, KEEP SMILING!