Are you feeling emotional and tied up in knots?
Life is hard. When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to be a grown-up. I thought that all my problems would be solved, and that life would suddenly be good because I would be in charge, my path would be made clear, and all my dreams would come true.
But, as the years have passed, I have discovered that live is an emotional roller-coaster ride, filled with thrilling ups and terrifying downs. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has gone according to plan. There is an old Yiddish proverb that states, “Man makes plans. and God laughs.” Truer words were never spoken.
Have you ever felt frustrated when things don’t go according to plan? Do you feel like your emotions are going to explode out of the top of your head? Do you endlessly second-guess every decision you’ve seemingly ever made? Do you feel that every emotion you’ve ever had is trapped in your body?
Well, have no fear! There is hope!
- Go to the doctor and get some pills that may or may not make you feel better, and may cause suicidal thoughts and threaten your organs, but hey — they might make you feel better!
- Go to a psychiatrist for bi-weekly sessions at $100 per hour for the next five years, and maybe at least be able to vent your emotions, and possibly get some help.
- Get a massage! To be able to lie down in a quiet room with soft music and your own thoughts, while the nurturing hands of a trained massage therapist sooth the stress and emotions out of your back, shoulders, neck, head, hands and feet works wonders for your soul.
Okay — DISCLAIMER HERE! — Points #1 and #2 were said in jest to make a point. I am not a doctor nor a psychiatrist and have NO RIGHT to make general assumptions on those noble professions. However, I do have experience with anti-depressants that caused suicidal thoughts and endless counseling sessions that didn’t help, I have to say from MY experience that massage, combined with healthy diet and exercise, has done more to improve my emotional stability than anything else I have ever done.
Everyone has stress in their life. Everyone handles it differently. If you internalize your emotions, maybe it’s time for you to think about incorporating massage into your life.