Thursday, March 15, 2018

Healthy Habits: Why Moms Can Benefit from a Weekly Massage

Does a weekly massage sound like a luxurious expense that you would love but simply don’t have time for or can’t afford? You’re not alone. Moms have the toughest and most rewarding job in the world; it takes its toll both physically and mentally and short of exercise and a quick coffee date with a friend, there are seemingly few ways to find relief amidst all the chaos of busy family schedules.

The truth is that a regular massage could do wonders for your mood, health, and wellness. Research has shown that massage:

Alleviates muscle tension - tight, knotted muscles that are tense from a long day of work and wrangling kids could use with a deep tissue workout from a skilled massage therapist. Not only does massage help break up scar tissue, loosen joints, and alleviate muscle tension, it boosts blood flow to key tissues helping to deliver fresh nutrients and oxygens and flush out built-up toxins.

Promotes stress relief - daily stress can very literally manifest itself as muscle pain, from your neck to your lower back, even your feet. A good massage can wash you over with stress relief and provide you with much needed calm and relaxation. Take the “r & r” up a notch by incorporating aromatherapy into your massage with relaxing essential oils like lavender, sandalwood, and bergamot.

Complements other treatments - if you are dealing with medical conditions like anxiety, lower back pain, digestive disorders, headaches, diabetic neuropathy, or myofascial pain syndrome, massage may be an integrative complement to existing medical treatments you are getting. Lots of alternative paths to pain relief including massage, acupuncture, electrical nerve stimulation, and even meditation have been shown to have powerful benefits for specific medical conditions.

How to Afford a Good Massage
So how exactly can a busy mom who is already trying to make ends meet afford a fast, high-quality yet inexpensive massage? You might be surprised to hear that one, massages don’t have to be an all-day hundreds of dollar expense. You can get a quality massage in as little as 45-minutes and massage therapists most often like to be prompt so they can stick with their schedule of appointments for the day. To find discount massages near you, try:

Booking for Spa Week! Spas and massage businesses around the country take part in the bi-annual Spa Week event, the first of which occurs in April. Score great massage deals and other spa services like facials too.

Checking with a local trade school! If there is a nearby school or college where people can get their license for massage, chances are they’re looking for willing massage clients to help them complete their required clinical hours. Call around to find out!

Bringing the massage to you! Electric shiatsu massage pillows can do wonders for working out kinks in your back while you do homework with the kids. Your spouse can use a massage ball to rub your back. Or you can try foam rolling to work out areas of tight fascia in your arms, legs, and back, especially after a workout.

Looking online! Discount deal sites like LivingSocial and Groupon regularly offer discounted massage packages, and local spas and chiropractors will often share special deals for social media followers (so make sure to follow businesses on twitter, facebook, and Instagram!).

Asking for one! Between your birthday, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, and the end of the year holidays, you are bound to get some form of presents from the ones you love. Don’t be afraid to let people know you want to make a habit out of regular massages and would love to receive gift certificates to a local massage studio.

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