“I’m going for a massage”, you say to friends and the reply is inevitably “Oh, how lucky you are!” I ask myself why the reply isn’t, “What’s the problem then?” We see massage as a treat or luxury, when it should be an essential part of our lives.
Massage is one of the oldest of therapies, mentioned by the father of Medicine himself, Hippocrates, in his writings. It has its forms in all ages and cultures and its benefits are wide ranging. It oils the body, wonderful for aging, dry skin. It loosens up the knots of strains and sprains which occur as part of an everyday working life. Most of the aches and pains we suffer from are muscular in origin and all top class athletes have regular massage. It affects the blood and lymph vessels and helps to rid the body of toxins. It soothes the nervous system, leaving the client relaxed. It gives time and space to retreat from all the problems of our fast paced world. When combined with Aromatherapy it doubles its powerful effects as many of the essential oils are anti-viral or anti-bacterial and help protect the body from those coughs, colds, sore throats and sinus problems which occur during the winter months.
Of course there are contra-indications. If you have a skin problem, heart problem or fever, then it may not be suitable for you. A well-qualified massage therapist will always ask you about your health and any medication you are taking and will take notes before and after the session.
So next time you think it is just an indulgence, just tell yourself you are looking after and taking responsibility for your own health as well as partaking of a therapy which is actually pleasant!
Ann Rodgers MIPTI BAHons
Ann has been qualified as a therapist and teacher for over 20 years and works from her practice in Southorpe. For more information about massage please ring on 01780 749018