Most people still view massages as a luxury item. They feel like they are spoiling themselves by booking a massage whether it’s a 30-minute massage, one-hour massage or a full day at a spa.
But we are starting to see that trend in thinking change. People are starting to look at massage more as a necessity just like working out and eating healthy.
We are starting to see a lot of studies touting the benefits of massage and as a result, many executives are changing their mindset from thinking of massage as a nice treat to thinking of massage as an essential item in their routine. A necessity that helps them perform at the top of their game. Check out some of the reasons you should really stop making excuses and book that massage today.
1. Massage can help achieve that “aha moment” – The business world can be an incredibly dynamic and stressful environment where solving a problem creatively can sometimes leave us “stumped”. We believe that taking steps to slow down the thought process and to relax the body can actually help promote creativity and may even give one the sudden insight needed to solve whatever problem they may be presented with. “Massage frees thoughts,” explains Thomas Ross, one of the massage therapists at Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage, in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. “When you are overly focused on something and stressed out, your brain is simply overloaded, and you sometime miss looking at the full picture. You just see what is in front of you. Massage lets executives relax both their minds and bodies giving them the ability to think clearer and be better able to again, see the big picture on issues—it’s better than coffee.”
We truly believe that massage is a way of creating an atmosphere of complete relaxation where creative ideas can be experienced…where you may even find your “aha moment”.
2. Massage can help with pain relief and reportedly helps boost your immune system. According to the Mayo Clinic, massage is very effective for reducing anxiety, pain and muscular tension. Many executives and office workers in general sit at a desk, slouched over a computer for hours and often without regular breaks, causing neck and back pain. In addition to massage being quite effective for pain relief, it is reported to have a positive effect on the immune system by increasing the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to fight viruses. Whether you believe this or not, why not give it a try as a form of self-care during cold and flu season.
3. Massage may even make you more productive. Researchers have found that massage tends to decrease the body’s production of cortisol, a stress hormone that suppresses the immune system. If the body’s cortisol production is lowered, then the body is better able to fight viruses and if you are feeling healthier you will naturally be more productive both at home and in the workplace.
4. Massage can be the key to a better sleep. Our clients who get regular massage report that they seem to be sleeping better which could mean they are more relaxed when falling to sleep and as a result are more able to fall into a deep sleep, which is considered the more restorative sleep stage.
Try scheduling your massages in advance and at a time that you can attend them on your way home from work. It will help you relax after those long days, it will help turn your brain off and relieve workplace stress, it will help you sleep better allowing you to be ready to start the next day feeling completely revived.
5. Massage can reduce stress symptoms. Massage helps alleviate stress, but it’s more than just the dim lights, calming music and healing touch helping the body to relax.
Massage may be part of the self-care routine missing for many executives, so we recommend that they schedule a massage weekly or biweekly. Some of our clients who are in very stressful positions have, during busier times, scheduled massages twice a week. For these instances, the type of massage provided will change depending on what the client needs on that particular day. Some days a relaxation massage is needed while on other days a deep tissue massage. Although a lot of our clients work hard at getting to the gym and eating right, they know that regular massage sessions are another form of selfcare that provides balance by relaxing the mind.