5 Reasons Why You Should Never Feel Guilty Getting a Massage
People everywhere, especially women, seem to feel guilty about taking time out to look after themselves. It’s OK when it’s a gym session, because that’s virtuous and ‘hard work’ – but if all we’re investing our time in is an hour or so of being relaxed beyond belief at the hands of a massage therapist, it’s as if we’re committing a deadly crime by prioritizing our own wellbeing.
Well, we have news for you. Your wellbeing is important and self-care is a vital part of looking after that wellbeing. If you’re a busy parent, student, or career professional, you need to take time to do something good for yourself because if you are depleted and tired, you’ll have no energy to do anything for the other people who need you.
You know it makes sense.
But you may feel as if indulging yourself in a massage is a waste of time when you could be doing something else (oftentimes it’s something for someone else, or something they want you to do). We’ve come up with five good reasons you can give to other people if they ever give you a hard time for getting your regular massage.
- A good massage will help relieve muscle tension. Muscle tension can lead to headaches, which make it hard to concentrate and can leave you feeling miserable. Nobody wants a grouchy parent/co-worker do they? They’ll thank you for it when you return your usual, pleasant self.
- It helps you sleep! A massage helps to boost serotonin levels (which have been proven to help with sleep). Obviously, being tired makes you so much less productive at work too, so a decent massage helps you work smarter…
- Suffering from chronic pain? It’s an expensive business when the cost of your pain meds starts to mount up. Not to mention how brutal the side effects of may meds wreak havoc on your internal organs. See if getting a massage on a regular basis might help you to reduce the amount of drugs you need to take. Then you’ll be saving money and not using so many drugs, both of which put you at an advantage.
- Are you constantly getting colds, coughs and infections that you end up passing on to everyone else? Avoid becoming the office pariah for your germ-spreading and try massage instead. Deep tissue and Swedish massage have been proven to support the lymphatic system which is your body’s defence system against illness.
- Massage releases natural endorphins that contribute to an overall feeling of happiness and well-being. This has to be the #1 reason for a massage, because the happier you are, the more other people will benefit from your improved mood and general relaxed demeanor.
So – you don’t have to make excuses for scheduling your next massage appointment. Remember, as they say in the commercial – “You’re worth it.”