Do you want to feel like an old person? Most give a thumbs down to that.
But what if the old person feels better, has less stress, moves easier, sleeps better, laughs more, and can handle what comes their way?
After a massage, I always ask how each person how they feel. Many times they say “I feel like a new person”. They feel good, their pain is gone or reduced, and they are leaving their stress behind. They have been cared for and feel at peace. They came in having forgotten that is how they used to feel before allowing the pain and stress to wear them down. The new person they feel like is actually an old version of themselves, who feels good.
Have you forgotten how you used to feel? Do you think you have to live with pain and stress? While it is true that massage is not magic and can’t solve every problem, it can help turn chronic issues into manageable levels. Massage can improve most conditions and can help to allow your body to heal itself. For many, there is a markedly noticeable difference in how a person looks coming in and when they are leaving. Their tension seems to have just drained away.
Of course, if you want to feel like a grumpy, crotchety, elderly version of yourself, don’t bother to watch what you eat, be inactive, and by all means stay away from massage. I don’t recommend it, but it’s your choice.
Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio. Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com
What a great POV on how to think about getting a massage on a regular basis
Thanks Jess! I think too many people have gotten used to living with aches and pains that massage could provide a lot of relief for.
Whoa, you just blew my mind! The “old me” has such a connotation of me with grey hair – not me a while back. Massage does bring out the old Jeni in me, how true! I love your perspective and play on words. I shared this post with my clients here in San Antonio. Thanks!
Thanks Jeni! I like to write about what I hear from clients. Glad you liked it and shared it
It’s unfortunate that people actually believe that they are supposed to live with pain, no matter what age. I think it’s our mission as holistic healers to teach people to change their thoughts about what they are supposed to feel like. Unless they have had an injury/accident, disease or just participated in an extreme sporting event, and are suffering from the effects of that, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be pain free…even as an elderly person. I talk to my clients about how nutrition and exercise plays a major role in how we feel. The healthier the nutrition, the better we feel.
I think it’s important to address this with our clients.
I agree Renee. I find that my clients agree with this idea also, but I believe there are a great number of people who are not familiar with massage who could really reduce their pain and stress. Thanks for your comment!
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