By Pallavi Sharma
You may have a desk job, or a job which demands walking on high heels. You maybe a sports person or a plain and simple “fitnessoholic” like me. Just like any machine which runs on oil and grease and requires frequent maintenance, your body is not a whole lot different. It is your vehicle, your car, and to keep it up and running, you need to give it rejuvenation and maintenance time.
How many of us in a day feel like or even get a chance to sit down and do absolutely nothing and simply immerse ourselves into the deepest levels of relaxation? How many of us feel the need to say “stop” to the constant state of frenzy around us and listen to what our body has to say? It might seem queer to a lot of us, but our body has a voice too, and when you suffer from muscle reuse or injury of any kind, it craves to be massaged and relaxed. So cater to your body’s needs and it will serve you back!
How does massage help in revitalizing your system? Being a student during college, affording a full body massage was a far fetched dream. So it’s importance never occurred to me. As I went on with my vigorous workout regime, there were days I would experience extreme muscular pain and my body at that time would crave for a massage. However with the aid of our anytime friend, Advil, I would fix myself. Not until I received a 50 dollar coupon at my health club spa, that I even thought of trying the much talked about thing out. And guess what? I realized what I had missed all these years. It was a one hour full body massage by the Senior Massage Therapist and I must say it was one of the best times in my life. That hour seemed like a blur and I was never more relaxed ever before.
Massage not only plays a key role in reducing the hypothalmic area of the brain but also decreases the stress hormones and increases endorphins in the body. And as I have mentioned in my previous articles that endorphins are the “feel good” hormones, it makes it clear why the body experiences an invariable feeling of goodness and positivity.
If you are looking for a great way to do frequent mini-massages on your own, here’s a great video which illustrates the tension points of the back and how to massage them.