If you are one of those individuals who are still debating whether you should get a massage, let me help you make up your mind. After all, massage is not a luxury, and you definitely can’t afford to be without it. When you read through the 7 reasons you deserve a massage, you will absolutely want to include it in your routine.
#1 You have trained hard enough
Fact. No ifs, no buts. I hear over and over again from people how they haven’t done enough exercise to warrant a massage. Look, you’ve racked up a solid 20 – 30 km on your feet, plus cycle, plus gym time. It’s time to reward yourself.
You deserve that massage. It’s been a stellar training week! Go you!
For most of us, exercise is an integral part of life. You feel better when you use your body. You build strength, you build fitness, endorphins are released, and you are happy and relaxed as a result.
But, did you know that a natural side effect of exercise is that as muscles tighten up and trigger points form? You’re also likely to experience some post-training muscle soreness (often called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS) – especially if you’ve just started a new workout – along with some scar tissue formation.
Don’t panic! These are all normal side effects of exercise – especially in the early developmental stages of building strength and fitness. But they can slow you down and delay your progress.
That’s where massage comes in. A massage can help break down this tension to get your muscles back to being loose and limber. Also, releasing trigger points has shown to increase muscles strength.
#2 It won’t go away on its own
A common reason why people don’t go for a massage is that when they get a crick in their neck or back, or something goes into spasm, they think that it will go away in a couple of days. Well, sometimes that can be the case, and things can work themselves out.
But more commonly, what happens is that your body adapts to the tension and the discomfort. Through that adaptation, you will build a “new normal” threshold. This will remain the case until such time as something else cricks and the pain cycle repeats itself.
Eventually, when you come in for a massage, we have many layers of tension to work through. It can take a little longer to get you back to your original state.
Don’t worry! At Paramount Health, we have years of experience helping clients get back to their normal lives and live their lives to the fullest. If you want to know how we can help you, check out our massage services.
Remember, chronic tension in the body is not your natural state! It takes a lot of energy to keep you tense. Your body works and feels better when the knots and kinks have been worked out! So book your massage today.
#3 It’s cold
As you’ve probably guessed, the cold isn’t the reason you deserve the massage, but rather the consequences of the cold!
We are currently seeing a spate of “Turtle Syndrome ” cases, where people are trying to hide their heads and necks into their shoulders to stay warm. Unfortunately, this often leads to neck spasms and very sore shoulders.
Also, many people tend to sleep curled up into little balls to stay warm. For some, this leads to sore lower backs or adds further to the tension in the necks and shoulders.
The good news:
Our heaters are running at full steam! (Our rooms are nice and toasty)
We use heated towels. There isn’t any way we will let you lie on our table for an hour without giving you a nice warm towel!
We use heat packs. Yes! If our rooms and towels aren’t enough, we will complete the trifecta with a lovely warm heat pack!
The even better news:
Massage helps bring warmth to your body by stimulating the flow of the lymphatic and vascular systems. With increased blood flow, it is easier for us to work through all of the tension built up during the cooler months.
This will, in turn, minimise the muscles’ natural desire to move into a contracted state and, provided you can continue to keep warm, lessen the likelihood of muscle spasms occurring.
#4 Your health fund has run out
Not being covered any more is exactly the reason you need a massage!
I get it, you fork out all this money in monthly fees, why should you pay more for a massage?
Have you fully considered the actual cost that remaining in pain is causing you? The full effect it has on your life?
- The distraction at work
- Your limitations in fitness
- The tension causes you to be moody and snappy.
What is your health ultimately worth to you? And why isn’t it a priority?
I like to refer back to the analogy of a car here, not getting a massage because your health fund has run out is a bit like asking your car to keep driving once it’s run out fuel….
So go ahead and schedule yourself in, without delay for your massage
#5 EOFY – itis
Yup, it’s a thing. Everyone works harder leading up to the close of June 30. All businesses have deadlines they need to meet. Reports that need to go out and last-minute sales targets that need to be reached. We all work longer hours to get these things done.
That’s ok. But once you’re done with all the extra workload, you need a break, and you need to relax.
You deserve a massage for all those extra hours spent hunched over the desk or in your car! One hour to yourself – to recharge your batteries, to work out the kinks. You can then go back to work with a clearer mind. You will see your productivity skyrocket!
#6 Prep your body now before the spring training season really kicks off
Well, if you’re still not convinced that you must book yourself in for a massage, then consider this. The official hibernation season is almost over. The spring training season and summer prep are just around the corner.
What better time to prep your body than before you start a serious exercise regime. I always recommend that building a better base is very important as you have a better platform from which to grow your strength and push yourself at the gym or the running track.
Release all old scar tissue. Get rid of unnecessary trigger points. Loosen up all the tension built up from being a sedentary professional hibernating couch potato over winter (yes, tension builds up doing nothing!). Mobilise your joints and muscles and bring fluidity back into the body
Get that massage. It’s time to prepare your body for performing its best. It feels good too!
#7 Quite simply, why not?
Hopefully, by this point in time, the only question you have left is, “how do I book?”
But if you still need some convincing, here are a few more points on the benefits of massage:
- It’s so relaxing, and it really feels good! (isn’t that reason enough?)
- Improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system.
- Boosts endorphin release and reduces stress hormones, helping calm your mind naturally.
- It helps reduce anxiety and depression.
- Improves joint mobility and flexibility.
- Improves skin tone.
- Facilitates recovery from soft tissue injuries.
- Reduces pain and discomfort.
- It helps heighten mental alertness.
- Releasing tension frees up energy stores otherwise reserved for keeping tension
At Paramount Health, we teach your body – through massage – how to remain in a relaxed state that continues long after your session is over.
You deserve a massage today
Look, we know you’re probably very busy navigating your daily life and looking after your loved ones. But that’s exactly why you need to take an hour out – to look after yourself so you can continue looking after everyone else. And because you deserve it!