De-Stress - Get a
FIY - Week
This week's topic is
Really, it's that simple. Massage should be part of your
regular body maintenance program. How often?
Monthly is a good start. Problem is, our upside-down
health care system is designed for repair, not prevention, so
massage is usually not covered by insurance. But it
should be. It can be expensive. A massage can cost
anywhere from $50 -100/hour. A good one, however, is
worth much more.
It's expensive for a reason. Good practitioners are
certified massage therapists (C.M.T.), which means they have
been through a training program that includes a practical ---
hands-on --- exam, and a written one. They may have also
apprenticed with someone. And they are required to keep
their practice current by completing continuing education
classes in order to renew their certification.
A good massage does many things for your body. First and
foremost, it will de-stress you. And that's more than a
relaxed feeling. De-stressing also means releasing toxins
from the tissues in your body, which is why the good
practitioners will recommend that you drink lots of water
after you leave the office. Some massage techniques can
re-align your body. Some masseuses use energy work to
balance your physical structure with your emotional self.
Others will seek to reunite your soul with your body.
It's the ultimate mind/body practice. How many people do
you know who live entirely in their heads? And some
practitioners will not decide what you need until they assess
you on the table. Swedish? Deep tissue?
Sports? Myofacial release? Your body will tell
You should come home not necessarily in a dreamy dream state,
but ready to tackle your day with a renewed spirit and an
aligned sense of purpose --- and no aches or pains.
So get out there and do some research. Ask people.
Get some idea of what you'd like to accomplish. But be
open to the possibilities that a good masseuse can present to
you. And then go, and leave your tension on the