Not only did people miraculously survive the accident that smashed this car flat—but massage therapy played a huge part in the healing and recovery for one of the passengers. More on that story a little later.
Consumers may be tempted to trim their wellness budgets when economic times are tough. Yet a recent national consumer survey showed most wellness-minded people are committed to maintaining the health benefits they experience with massage. It makes sense— the better you feel, the better job you can do of caring for yourself and your loved ones. Massage plays an important role in reducing stress and strengthening the health of each individual. When people feel their best, they are more likely to be able to face the challenges that difficult times present. With greater health and peace of mind, people can face difficulties with poise, clarity of purpose, and strengthened emotional reserves. Truly, massage is more than a luxury—it’s a vital part of self-care that has a positive ripple effect on us as we work, play, and care for others.
In economically challenging times, it is vital to invest in preventative healthcare. The last thing you want is to get sick, have to take time off work, pay expensive medical bills or get behind on regular bills; all leading to more stress. The following are all the health-related reasons why adults should be including massage in their family budgets and schedules.
• Boosts the immune system.
• Reduces anxiety.
• Reduces the flow of stress hormones.
• Improves sleep.
• Improves energy levels and reduces fatigue.
• Improves concentration.
• Increases circulation.
• Improves self-esteem.
• Reduces frequency of headaches.
• Releases endorphins.
We can talk about the benefits of massage until we are blue in the face! Most people are aware of the benefits of massage already. The truth about massage is that it is unique to everyone. Everyone experiences something different from massage; from different massage therapists, different times in our lives, different body types, different reasons for receiving a massage, the list goes on.
As one of the co-owners of PMAB + Movement, I can tell you that I know on a personal level the incredible healing benefits of regular massage treatments. Remember that smashed car picture at the top? At 18 years old, I was in the passenger seat when we went head-on with a semi. I came away from the accident with severe hip injuries which led to a lack of mobility. Everything from simple things like tying my own shoes, to not being able to do the things I love anymore - hiking, skiing, etc. - were suddenly inaccessible to me. Physical therapy got me to 50%, massage got me to 85%, and adding movement got me to 98% over the course of a decade!
During this healing period of my life, my massage treatments were at times intense, but they were also goal-oriented and injury-specific. Now, I receive massage as a way to maintain my body and health, and for general relaxation. Also, I now have the opportunity to learn from other massage therapists via their own skills and experience.
All of this led me to attend massage therapy school on Kauai in 2006 after experiencing first-hand the healing effects of regular therapeutic massage treatments, as well as regular yoga and movement. Fast forward many years later, and my partner and I have created Pagosa Massage & Bodywork as a way to bring this important and crucial healing modality to our local community.
Watch the video below to learn a little more about my journey with massage therapy!
I hope my story inspires you to take more control of your whole body health and wellness. Anything from severe injury to stress-related aches and pains can benefit from regular massage treatments. If you are interested in getting your own massage journey started, call us at 970-903-9278 and find out how we can help get you down the path of healing and wellness.
Do you have a massage therapy story you'd like to share? Tell us in the comments!