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WHY MASSAGE THERAPY

Nina J. Sunday, September 30, 2018

People want to know why I chose massage therapy as a profession. This is usually the first question a new client asks me.

There is something about massage therapy. It’s a popular profession. Looking at it one way, massage therapy is the most natural and obvious healing method in the world, the laying on of hands. At the same time, it seems foreign and exotic. We live in a touch-deprived culture, after all. Compared to a visit to your doctor, an appointment with your massage therapist is long and personal. What a strange line of work! People are curious.

So why do I do it?

The simple answer is, because I love it. And I love it because it works, because it moves me. When I get a good massage, I am a changed woman. I get off the table and float on a cloud for days. It wakes me up at the same time that I sleep better. It’s like someone focused the world and made the colours brighter. Massage therapy feels fabulous for a reason. It works. It is physiologically and psychologically potent.

Consider your own modern life for comparison. You’re probably going to live a long time, but you are not — let’s face it — very tough. You probably get about six hours of sleep every night, spend eight to twelve hours per day in a chair (or the equivalent), you inhale pollutants of every description, and eat a contaminated diet of almost ridiculous simplicity and excess compared to your ancestors.

Only a handful of modern people, if any at all, are blessed with the kind of physical toughness that our ancestors earned by their lifestyle. We are more vulnerable than we should be, more vulnerable than we have to be. More to the point, we have a low pain threshold.

Massage reminds people what it feels like to feel good

Not all therapy is relaxing, but all relaxation is therapy. As that relief sinks in, people sleep better and exercise more comfortably, which in turns makes everything else in life easier. It becomes possible to move and feel in ways long forgotten, to regain some of that adaptability lost over the years. Injury becomes less likely as your reflexes wake up and your coordination is stimulated. Finally, and most importantly, the consequences of stress and injury become less severe as you retreat from the pain threshold.

Massage therapy is a pound of prevention

We know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But perhaps you didn’t know that massage therapy is a pound of prevention.

I estimate that massage therapists spend more time with their clients than any other health care professionals, with the exception of the psychologists and psychiatrists. And most of that is spent with hands on, as well as in conversation. I have the time to share my expertise with you. I have the time to listen, to answer all your questions. To teach you whatever you need to know. To be thorough. To notice things that other health care professionals might miss. A massage therapist makes a great watchdog for your health: we know the warning signals for all kinds of disease and dysfunction, and we are likely to spot the need for a visit to a physician.

Massage feels good

Massage feels good, and it keeps you feeling good. What more could you ask for in a “therapy”?

Massage therapy is no bitter pill to swallow. All day long, I work with happy people. People who are having the best hour of their day. People who think of my office as an oasis, practically a holiday.

How much is that worth to you?

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