As a massage therapist I am both blessed and humbled by the opportunity I experience daily to touch people’s lives including those living with HIV and Aids.
But besides supporting survivors on a purely benevolent and emotional level, massage also influences body-mind processes as well as their immune systems.
We are three-dimensional beings moving through space and naturally our muscoloskeletal design has developed around that fact.
So when you book a massage, keep that in mind and choose a full body treatment. Here is why:
People sometimes ask me to book a 30-minute head-and-shoulder or back massage and I always have to explain why I can’t help them as I only offer full body massage.
Why? Because the magic ingredient in massage is time.
Low levels of productivity and efficiency can threaten the sustainability and survival of your business.
One way of dealing with it is to increase productivity which should help your company’s revenue to grow.
But here is another: massage can improve your business’ bottom-line:
Self-care for therapists and other wellness workers is non-negotiable.
I asked yogi, Elize Taljaard of the Anahat Yoga & Wellness Studio in Die Boord, Stellenbosch about her views on massage and yoga for self-care.
Massage has been shown to play a part in alleviating signs and symptoms of diabetes.
Having encouraged you to ask your massage therapist what his or her approach to massage is, it is just fair that I state where I stand in the discussion on the mind-body relationship.
So, here goes.
But first a bit of my history ...
Your health is your business. Do you treat it as such?
Have you set strategic objectives and key performance indicators or KPIs to maintain and improve your own health and wellness?
Wouldn’t we all like to go for a massage every day.
But most of us have neither the time nor the resources for that level of self-investment.
So I thought I would give you a few tips for those times in between massage appointments when the strains and stresses of the day weigh you down.
Here are eight self-massage tips to help you help yourself.
Consider a tree for a moment, says author and speaker, Joyce Meyer.
As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don't see what goes on underground - as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don't see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.
In the same way, we often only see the progress and successes of a business owner while the many people who support, encourage and root for us, remain hidden underground.
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!