The short answer to this question is absolutely not. I have been in practice since 2010 and have heard from people time and again that massage “is a special treat” or “something I only do once or twice a year”. I have tried to explain countless times that self-care is not a luxury but rather a necessity. Proper diet, exercise, a meditative practice, and massage all fall under the category of self-care.
I like to pose the question of how often would you get your car’s oil changed? A well maintained car performs at its best; the same goes for your body. When your body’s needs are neglected it is much more likely to break down and become prone to injury and disease. Lack of rest, too much stress and overuse begin to wear you down over time. Then your internal check engine light comes on! You feel sore, tired and burnt out. How do you address these signals?
I find it vitally important to pay attention to my body as well as my emotions. Emotional and mental stress can creep up on you and before you realize it you’ve hit a wall. Dig into your toolbox when you start to feels the signs; your body will let you know. Massage and bodywork helps keep the muscles loose, reduces inflammation in the joints, and assists in bringing your energy back into balance. Adding regular massage to your self-care regimen is an investment in your long-term health and wellness. Be observant, listen to your body and take rest when you need it.