Isn't ALL massage about feeling better and wellness?
Wellness massage has become the common term for massage therapy that is not directly prescribed for a medical condition. It is the bodywork equivalent of going to the gym to stay fit. Basically, it means you are not injured and you do not want to become so. It is used for reducing stress, recovering after a strenuous activity, training for a strenuous activity, improving body image, Increasing lymphatic flow and the most common reason of "just wanting to feel good."
There lots of opinions on what makes your wellness massage session a success. But there is only one that matters, yours. Here are a few reasons why you should have a productive client/therapist partnership when there are no medical concerns to address:
- Your sessions are not bound by a rigid timeline for improvement. I can adjust treatment for whatever you need in the moment. Meaning if you have a long term goal of eliminating the trigger points and tension in your shoulders but your short term goals are to destress and "zone out" for a mental vacation, I can do that! I I can give you a relaxing treatment and reduce those stress hormones overwhelming your nervous system. Then when you are ready to resume more intense work your body is more receptive to change. You and I will make that call together.
- It's preventive. You don't need to wait until you are immobile with debilitating pain and unable to sleep. When your body starts to give you signals that something is a little off act on it right away. Or, if you know you are about to put your body though work that usually leads to pain and soreness get a massage beforehand to avoid those pitfalls.
- It reduces anxiety
- Can relieve headaches
- Insomnia related to stress
- Promote relaxation
- Lowers blood pressure
Wellness Massage is a powerful tool for your health maintenance. Often we put more thought and energy into taking care of our cars and everything else than our bodies. Thankfully the culture is changing and we are beginning to see ourselves, especially our bodies, as worthy of time and money.
Rebecca Reali, LMT