Life is stressful.
When I was in my 20’s and 30’s I thought my life was stressful. It was during a time when I left home, went to college, dated without the protective umbrella of my parents, got married, bought a home, started a family, was holding down a job, had to keep the house and yard perfect at all times. It was stressful! It didn’t help that I was a very driven perfectionist (now called OCD … giving it a different name doesn’t help much). I nearly drove myself insane. I thought that if I could just control everything and make sure it was perfect, life would be easy.
Instead, it got worse, mostly because no matter how hard you try, you can’t be perfect in all things. It’s impossible. You are setting yourself up for failure from the outset. When I learned to let things go (and surprisingly, the world didn’t end in a flaming ball of confusion), and nobody blamed me for everything that went wrong, it became easier.
But I’m still a high-stress individual. If only they’d had massage therapists back then! Maybe they did, but they weren’t very well received and there were a lot of misconceptions about massage. And most of the massage places were either luxury spas (very expensive) or houses of prostitution.
There is help!
Nowadays, things are different. Massage therapists are educated in anatomy and physiology, they are trained in different methods of massage. They are knowledgeable about why massage is helpful and when it is not. The mystique is gone. There are massage therapists who specialize in injury recovery, there are some who focus on headaches and back pain. Some just want to help you let go of your stress and relax. Massage is more of a “health benefit” these days than a “luxury.”
So if you are feeling the pressure of everyday life, if you are feeling stressed and need to let go for a while, call a massage therapist and schedule an appointment. There are a lot of health benefits to be derived from massage. Stress relief is one of them, and we all know that stress is associated with all manner of health problems. Shake off that stress demon! Get a massage now!