Modern living is wonderful, dishwashers, television, world foods, places to go, people to see, work to do, things to worry about, worrying about worrying... There’s so much going on we rush from here to there, our minds a spin and in the end life can make us not appreciate life because it can make us stressed, give us niggles and pains, make us tired.
If you’ve had a massage, you’ll know that it is one of the greatest antidotes to modern living. An antidote to our heads filled with thoughts, our tense bodies. We all want to find ways to unwind, make the pressure of the day more manageable and make our thoughts less manic.
There has been a great deal of evidence on the importance of touch from an early age and throughout our lives. Due to various factors therapeutic touching is becoming less prevalent and this, it could be argued, is having a negative effect on us. If you don’t see, hear or smell another human for an extended period of time, you’re either incredibly self-sufficient or you start going a bit weird.
Massage is directed touch, which focuses on easing tension in your muscles and touching the skin, the largest sensory organ we have. Massage involves various degrees of pressure across the skin and the muscles. This is enhanced by using massage oil which allows the hands to move smoothly along the skin, and can be further enhanced by adding essential oils to a base massage oil – the aromas filling the air and providing a more holistic massage experience.
Massaging may help bring a sense of peace, tranquility and calm to the body and the mind. Like a full stop, a deep breath, a time-out. Allowing us to more easily enjoy our lives, focus on what is important, helping to remove those worries there seem to be no answer for, or at least bring them into perspective.
We are all hurtling along sometimes without the time or means to catch our ‘spiritual’ breath. Massage allows you the time, space and reliving effect to do this. It is not a luxury only for those that like to be pampered. It should be used as an alternative therapy, which can help in enjoying and being more present in day-to-day life.
It’s true we don’t all have the money for a massage, but find some friendly hands and a quick read of some basic massage techniques and you'll be on your way. And if you are not sure, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It really might help make the world of difference to your mental and physical well-being.
Try massage, it’s cheaper than therapy, less work than going to the gym and has worked for thousands, if not millions of people over the centuries including the ancient Chinese and Egyptians.
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