It is easy to think about the sensual pleasure of getting a massage. We think about how nice and relaxed or pampered we will feel, or how it will help us feel rejuvenated. But many people neglect to think about the deeper psychological benefits of getting a professional massage on a regular basis.
It may have to do with our Western cultural mindset, in which we feel we ought to be rugged individualists, able to weather the storms of life all by ourselves with nothing but hard leather clothing and a handrolled cigarette. But the fact is, modern life takes a real toll on our ability to live our lives as we would choose. Rates of psychological illness continue to skyrocket. Presently, more people from Western nations will experience depression at some time in their life than will not. If you haven’t already, you probably will!
But there are definitely ways to alleviate this problem, and they all start with taking care of ourselves properly. One of the best ways we can do that is by regularly treating ourselves to the “luxury” of a massage. Not only because it is relaxing and nice to feel treated, but also because of the profound health benefits you will receive. We’ve talked about depression; did you know that regular massage therapy dramatically decreases depressive episodes? It also decreases feelings of anxiety and nervousness, and help to alleviate the types of symptoms that anxiety can bring about.
People who receive regular massages also sleep better. Better sleep is, all by itself, associated with better mental health and better overall cognitive functioning. The better you sleep, the better you are able to learn new things and to access old memories. You’ll experience improved concentration and higher energy levels. All of these things add up to one simple point: getting a professional massage on a regular basis will not just make you feel good while you are sitting in the massage chair, it will make you feel good for the rest of your life as well.
The better you feel, the more effective you are likely to be. It’s just good common sense. If you are happy, you will feel motivated and enjoy your work. If you feel refreshed, you will be fun to talk to and establish better relationships. And if you feel relaxed, you will be more inclined to explore your world, to seek new adventures and to enjoy the possibilities that life provides. Massage therapy is a truly powerful ally to have in your life.