100 Reasons I Love Massage

As I logged in to check on my website and blog I noticed the little stat “99 posts published.” Ooh, my next blog post will be my 100th! Here it is, y’all, post #100 🙂

I’m going big, folks. What follows will be the ramblings of my mind, my heart, my passion, my spirit. My Ode to Massage Therapy.

100 Reasons I Love Massage

  1. Neck pain relief. It eases the burn.
  2. Shoulder pain relief. See above.
  3. Lower back pain relief. People can move better.
  4. Scalp massage because it turns off the million thoughts in my head.
  5. Improved sleep. The American Massage Therapy Association has a statement about this.
  6. Massage can lower or regulate blood pressure.
  7. Softer, more moisturized skin
  8. Massage is a natural mood enhancer.
  9. You can get stoned and still pass a drug test. How? Hot Stone Massage! Get stoned not high 😉
  10. My first massage left me immobile on the table drooling. I fell in love.
  11. Hot stone face massage for a quick yet powerful stress reliever. It un-tenses the forehead muscles. Whoa.
  12. Any kind of face massage because my whole body will relax when my face is relaxed.
  13. Massage soothes the discomforts of arthritis. Gently and naturally.
  14. It’s great for athletes, both professional and weekend warriors.
  15. Certain techniques can help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and like symptoms.
  16. Sometimes numb fingers wake back up after a couple of massage sessions. (see #15)
  17. The worst mood can be neutralized in 60 minutes.
  18. I love the smell of lavender.
  19. Foot massage.
  20. Hand massage because my whole body turns to putty when that happens.
  21. Eyes closed, rhythmic breathing with no responsibilities for an hour.
  22. Massage can reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Another statement by the AMTA.
  23. You can turn your head a bit more after a great neck massage.
  24. My shoulders sit farther away from my ears after a massage. (See #2)
  25. Massage erases the worried scowl from many foreheads.
  26. Massage can help with symptoms of depression. Yep, ask the AMTA.
  27. Massage can be an effective treatment for tension headaches. (See my tagline: I fight headaches with my bare hands!)
  28. Migraine sufferers benefit from regular massage.
  29. Some people take fewer pain pills (over the counter and prescription) because of regular massage.
  30. Hip compressions.
  31. Long, slow leg massage helps ease my lower back pain.
  32. Massage can benefit those who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
  33. Pregnancy Massage.
  34. Infant massage.
  35. Showing parents gentle ways to massage their babies makes me feel all warm inside.
  36. Rubbing my child’s feet instantly calms us both down.
  37. Massage is a fantastic stress reliever.
  38. Hospice patients experience lower pain and anxiety levels with short massage sessions.
  39. Family members of Hospice patients experience less anxiety when massage is offered to them.
  40. The people who take care of Hospice patients can get a little stress relief with massage.
  41. Massage can help with post-op pain and anxiety.
  42. Massage could help prevent repetitive strain injuries.
  43. Improved body image.
  44. Improved self-communication: You pay attention to pain and discomfort and search for the problem rather than ignore it.
  45. Regular massage sessions are a wonderful in a Wellness Program.
  46. Certain techniques can help with TMJ disfunction.
  47. Massage is a great pain reliever over all
  48. Giving a woman a massage the month after she has a baby gives me overwhelming joy.
  49. I love massage because it can complement traditional medical treatments.
  50. Massage can be good for most people.
  51. Face massage can help with sinus pressure.
  52. Abdominal massage could help with constipation.
  53. Abdominal massage could help with lower back pain.
  54. Abdominal massage is extremely relaxing.
  55. Back massage keeps my shoulders in proper place.
  56. Shoulder massage can reduce tension headaches almost instantly.
  57. Front-of-the-neck massage helps the back of my neck immensely.
  58. The relaxation response that happens during massage is good for your heart.
  59. The relaxation response is good for your digestive system.
  60. The relaxation response is good for your mood.
  61. The relaxation response that happens when you get a massage is good for your family when you get home and you are happy.
  62. Massage causes smiles.
  63. Massage makes it easier to laugh for some people.
  64. Massage makes it easier for some people to get out of bed.
  65. Massage makes it easier for some people to continue to work while dealing with pain.
  66. Massage can help with chronic pain.
  67. Teenage athletes can reduce injuries with massage.
  68. Teenage students experience tremendous stress relief with regular massage sessions.
  69. Premature babies who receive massage tend to grow at a faster rate.
  70. People often tell me that they forget they are supposed to be hurting after getting regular massage.
  71. Improved quality of life.
  72. Runners who experience knee pain can benefit from massage.
  73. Runners who experience foot pain can benefit from massage.
  74. Desk workers can have less shoulder pain with regular massage.
  75. People who stand all day report less back pain with regular sessions.
  76. Lower stress levels can sometimes mean lower pain levels.
  77. Lower pain levels can mean lower stress levels.
  78. Hand massage soothes arthritis aches and pains.
  79. Gentle massage can help those who are grieving.
  80. A quiet room is just what the exhausted mother of young children needs.
  81. A quiet room is just what the exhausted daughter/son of an ailing parent needs.
  82. Your beauty operator’s shoulders feel better after a massage so you get a better haircut.
  83. Your nail tech’s neck feels better after a massage so you get a better manicure.
  84. Foot massage can help reduce leg cramps.
  85. Massage therapists often look at moles on clients’ backs to make sure they don’t look suspicious.
  86. I’m nicer to my family because I get regular massage.
  87. The people who research massage are discovering more and more about pain.
  88. My career has taught me so much about empathy.
  89. Being a massage therapist has changed the way I listen.
  90. Being a massage therapist has changed the way I communicate.
  91. Being a massage therapist has changed the way I love.
  92. Massage therapy supports my family.
  93. I learn something every day about massage or because of massage.
  94. My clients are very important to me.
  95. My work will always change and improve because of other massage therapists.
  96. Massage can relieve a tension headache sometimes in only 15 minutes.
  97. Massage can be done by a professional or by a family member.
  98. Even if you can’t get massage as often as you want you can still do self-massage or exchange with your partner/family.
  99. Healthy, nurturing touch is a basic human need that I can either provide for someone or show someone how to give.
  100. I love massage therapy. The last 10 years I have developed into a woman I never knew existed. A business person, a wife and mother, a compassionate therapist who wants to get rid of pain for everyone. I have a passion for pain relief and stress relief. I hold ethics and integrity close to my heart, respecting all those who enter my door.

Thank you for the last 10 years!