Did you know that getting a massage has health benefits, aside from the obvious stress relief? I used to think of massages more in that way or in terms of therapy following an injury, but I learned today after getting my first ever massage that one of those health benefits is ridding the body of toxins. I was advised afterwards to be sure and drink plenty of water today due to these being released during a massage.
In a world where constant exposure to toxins is a daily reality, the need for cleansing our bodies of them cannot be understated. We have struggled with allergies in our family, our son having the greatest issues with his eczema. Thankfully, after much research and many changes to our diet and environment at home, with toxin exposure reduction being one of the goals, the eczema rarely bothers him now!
You will be amazed at the before and after picture of his legs after we had just begun an allergy makeover. As a mama who wants her children to enjoy good health, I have been overjoyed at the progress I have seen with my son.
Sometimes our health suffers as we begin getting older or as our bodies suffer “wear and tear”, whether we put them through more than they can handle through athletics or sometimes through pregnancy and delivering babies. For me, I started having some symptoms I spoke to my doctor about recently, and she suspects it’s a sciatic nerve issue.
The power of social media
My first thought was, I’m too young for that! I even shared on my personal page the following:
Now, there are days when I could really do without the drama that occurs often on social media. It's the introvert and disdain for drama in general in me! But on this day I shared this, Facebook was my BFF. One friend commented and said she was 29 when she first started experiencing back problems, so I guess the reality is that back issues aren't necessarily a respecter of persons or age.
Another friend was kind enough to comment asking if I’d be interested in a free massage. My response was, “Sign me up!”
So today I got my first professional massage for free! And let me tell you the experience met all of the positive expectations I had.
When I walked in, the lights were dim and there was beautiful relaxing music playing. The massage therapist prepared the table with sheets and left for me to get undressed, down to my underwear.
Once I was under the sheet, I was given the option of keeping or removing my bra. Lying on my back, she started with my head and worked down to my chest, then my shoulders and arms out to my fingertips and then my legs down to my toes. I rolled over onto my stomach and she worked on the backs of my legs and then ended with my back.
As I got up to get dressed, I noticed my muscles felt like spaghetti noodles they were so relaxed! I started my day in pain for the first time since having these issues, but after this free massage the rest of my day has been pain-free!
How to get a free massage
Did you know you can get a free massage, too? Even if your back is perfectly fine, massages are great for overall health and wellbeing as a stress reliever and, as I mentioned earlier, for eliminating toxins from the body.
I learned today from the amazing lady who gave me mine that massage therapy schools require their students to do a certain number of massages as a part of their training.
She has to do 50 and I was #29. My son decided he wants one, too, and she does children so we’re going back for his soon.
You can click on this map (and scroll down the page until you see the map) to check for massage therapy schools in your area to contact and find out if you can schedule a massage.
It’s definitely a win-win … the massage therapist-in-training will fulfill his/her requirements for school and you get to do something special for yourself that your body will thank you for, and maybe your family, too, when you are a more relaxed and less stressed version of yourself for the day!
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