Massage, the Essential Self Care Tool

Self care is back full time in my life. Shout it from the roof tops. It took a while to find myself practicing what I preach, however, the self care hiatus is over. I am getting plenty of rest. Okay, not as much as I would like, you see the pup is on a barking kick. Every two hours some nights. For the most part, I am getting my eight hours. That does mean winding down earlier, I think it is worth it. I am eating on program again, taking my detox baths, and generally enjoying a focus on myself.

Self care is so important, with autoimmune disease it becomes imperative. Eating healthy and according to the Autoimmune Protocol is only one limb of the many that go into managing your autoimmune disease. I have realized, I need good physical movement, plenty of rest, and lots of gently self care. Yesterday, I found myself back on the massage table.

It had been years since I was able to enjoy the incredible massage from my old therapist. She had all but disappeared and then all of sudden, I found her. Reconnected, and the rest is history. Finding a good massage therapist is essential to the experience. Massage is, also, an important part of my self care tool box. Massage has many benefits.

A Few Health Benefits…

1. It eases muscle pain. Probably the most obvious. If you have a job where you sit all day, your posture is affected. Massage can greatly benefit the postural stress. I stand every day and that can create back pain. Massage helps alleviate back pain with regular sessions.

2.It mitigates anxiety and depression. In a professional, non threatening environment, massage has proven to lessen anxiety and depression. Human touch is important for thriving. We need human contact to feed our senses. Massage creates a safe atomosphere.

3. Promotes better sleep. I need that, who doesn’t? Those with autoimmune disease can often experience joint and muscle pain. Massage relaxes the muscles and the overall body to ensure restful sleep.

4. Boosts immune function. Ding Ding Ding. That is a big one for me, and if you are ready, probably you as well. Massage decreases levels of cortisol, causing less stress. Stress can create an immune response in the body. More massage, less stress, less cortisol production…you see where I am going with that right?

There are many types of massage. Finding the right one for you is important. I like Swedish, my body cannot take deep tissue, aches and pains remember? That information notwithstanding, there are a variety of techniques; lomi lomi, hot stone, sports massage, many to choose from. Just choose.

These are just a few of the health benefits of massage. I could go on and on. Lowers blood pressure, increases range of motion, improves productivity, the benefits are endless. I would love to say I get a massage every three weeks like clock work. I don’t. I am a once a month girl. Wellness isn’t cheap. It is, however, the best money you can spend for an hour. If you haven’t made massage a regular part of your self care routing, do it now. It really will be the best money you’ve ever spent.

As a side note, if you are in the Scottsdale area, I highly recommend Purity Skin and Body. Ask for Kristen.