People everywhere, especially women, seem to feel guilty about taking
time out to look after themselves. It’s OK when it’s a gym session,
because that’s virtuous and ‘hard work’ – but if all we’re investing our
time in is an hour or so of being relaxed beyond belief at the hands of a
massage therapist, it’s as if we’re committing a deadly sin by prioritising
our own wellbeing.
Well, we have news for you. Your wellbeing is important and self-care is
a vital part of looking after that wellbeing. Even if you’re a busy parent,
worker or carer, you need to take time to do something good for
yourself because if you are depleted and tired, you’ll have no energy to
do anything for the other people who need you.
You know it makes sense.
Sometimes, though, other people can try to make you feel as if
indulging yourself in a massage is a waste of time when you could be
doing something else (usually what they want you to do). We’ve come
up with five good reasons you can give to other people if they ever give
you a hard time for getting your regular massage.
1. A good massage will help relieve muscle tension. Muscle tension can
lead to headaches, which put you in a grouch. Nobody wants a
grouchy parent/co-worker do they? Therefore, tell them you’re
going for a massage and that they will thank you for it when you
return with a sunny disposition.
2. It helps you sleep! If your insomnia is starting to irritate your family –
and wake them up too – tell them you’re going for a massage
because you don’t want their sleep to suffer along with yours. It’s
true that a massage helps to boost serotonin levels (which have been
proven to help with sleep). Obviously, being tired makes you so
much less productive at work too, so a decent massage helps you
3. Suffering from chronic pain? It’s an expensive business isn’t it? If the
cost of your pain meds is starting to mount up, see if getting a
massage on a regular basis might help you to reduce the amount of
drugs you need to take. Then you’ll be saving money and not using
so many drugs, both of which put you at an advantage.
4. Are you constantly getting olds, coughs and infections that you end
up passing on to everyone else? Avoid becoming the office pariah for
your germ-spreading and try massage instead. Deep tissue and
Swedish massage have been proven to support the lymphatic system
which is your body’s defence system against illness.
5. They want you to be happy, don’t they? This has to be the #1 reason
for a massage, because the happier you are, the more other people
will benefit from your improved mood and general relaxed
So – you don’t have to make excuses for scheduling in your next
massage appointment. Remember, as they say in the commercial –
“You’re worth it.”