Sure, it feels great to pop in
and see a massage therapist every now and then.  It’s a great way to pamper yourself and
relieve stress during a particularly crazy time.  Self-compassion and the idea of splurging on yourself for once, otherwise known as “
Treat Yo-Self,” means that it’s
actually really great for you to spend a little time on self-care.
However, have you considered
regular, monthly massage appointments?  Besides
having one day set aside each month to treat yourself with a relaxing spa
session, you will actually start to see some physiological effects of regular
massages as well. 
Here are a few short-term and
long-term ways you may start to notice your monthly self-care trip is
benefiting your health.

You’ll Feel After Three Months of Routine Visits to Your Massage Therapist:

Anxiety and Stress Levels:
Even after your first massage, you will
start to notice that you feel more relaxed, which can be a major plus if you
suffer from
stress and anxiety.  When our bodies experience stress, we tend to
tense up our muscles, which leaves our bodies feeling fatigued and sore.  Just one massage helps loosen up these
muscles, increase blood flow, and lower stress and anxiety.  
Chronic Back Pain:
A study found that after 10
weeks of regular massage, people experiencing chronic back pain felt less
discomfort, and even needed fewer painkillers to manage their symptoms.  Cut down on the number of trips to your
medicine cabinet with regular trips to see your massage therapist.
Help with
Massages increase your serotonin levels, which aides in
your ability to not only
fall asleep, but also stay
asleep.  Unlike other sleep aids which
can be harmful or addictive, you’ll experience no negative side effects from a
massage, and you’ll find yourself able to fall asleep a little easier – especially
after an evening massage.

You’ll Feel After Six Months of Regular Monthly Massage:

For Clients
with Diabetes:
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, regular massage
could impact your
blood glucose levels.  Especially when massages happen at the
injection or site of absorption for insulin, there have been marked
improvements observed in lowered blood glucose levels.  Additionally, increased blood flow as a
result of your monthly massages can help with
neuropathy symptoms that accompany
diabetes, such as nerve pain.  
Fibromyalgia Symptoms:
Even after your first massage, if you
experience the pain of fibromyalgia, you will notice decreased pain, but with
regular massage, you will start to notice the following
benefits as well:
    • Better sleep
      (especially after evening sessions)
    • Improved muscle
      strength and function
    • Headache relief
    • Decreased stress and
Focus for
Studies have shown that massage has been helpful in
increasing focus and decreasing the stress and anxiety that can accompany ADHD,
especially in children.  While immediate
improvements were shown in their ability to focus and be less squirmy and more
attentive in class, continued massage therapy has also shown
long-term behavioral
in the classroom.  There was also
an uptick in confidence as well.

You’ll Feel After Twelve Months of Regular Monthly Massage:

Improvements for Patients with Diabetes:
A year of regular
massages, especially at the insulin injection or absorption site, can help Type
2 patients not only see lowered blood glucose levels, but actually close to
normal blood glucose levels.  Additionally, you may also notice a reduction
in the amount of inflammation you are experiencing.
Blood Pressure:
High blood pressure can leave you at risk for stroke and
other major health complications, but it’s actually been proven that the
relaxation or regular massage
lowers your blood
Health Benefits:
Other ways that regular
massage can help improve your overall health:
o   With improved blood flow comes improved
, making you less likely to pick up to cold that might be
floating around your office, or at your kids’ school.
o   After an
extended period of regular massages, you may also begin to notice an increased range of motion.
o   Improved mental clarity is another
great “side effect” that regular massage can provide as a result of lowered
It’s important to consider that
regular massages are so much more than just one day a month to splurge on 60-90
minutes of pampering.  Regular, monthly massages
will leave you feeling healthier and happier, and truly make a difference in
your overall well-being. 
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