Lethbridge is in full fall splendor right now and we are all enjoying warm days, cool nights and fantastic colors. With the change of the season also comes a change of pace, summer is now long past and we are finding our stride in our new schedules; be it school, work or extracurricular activities.
Now is the perfect time to incorporate your own self-care routine schedule and make it a priority! If you have aches, pains, stiffness or twinges now is the time to see a Registered Massage Therapist and get it sorted!! Don’t let these minor issues become major problems!
Photo Credit: Samantha Postman
Have you ever really asked yourself how you are feeling? Am I aching anywhere? Does my back hurt? Are my feet in good position? Am I leaning forward to read the screen (or drive)? Am I stressed? Are my shoulders relaxed or almost touching my ear lobes!? When was the last time I took a break and walked around?
Being body aware and conscious is just as important in your preventative program as exercise and good eating habits. Being conscious of how you are positioned and listening to the feedback your body gives you throughout the day enables you to make minor adjustments so that minor aches and pains don’t turn into major problems. It’s amazing how this technique works – the more you listen to your body, the more feedback it will give you. This week set a goal for yourself to be more body aware, be it at your desk, while you are walking, driving, whatever. You will be surprised at the benefits!
When you mention Massage Therapy, many people think of a spa atmosphere, where you lie with warm fluffy towels, cucumbers on your eyes while nature sounds are softly played in the background. Over the past decade, massage therapy has evolved into much more than this. Each year its clinical presence in the medical realm is gaining momentum and credibility. Massage is now commonly recognized as a clinical/medical practice for injuries, medical conditions and disease processes.
Massage can be tailored to suit all types of disease and conditions to people of all ages and stages of life. Keeping this and the patients’ health history in mind, the therapist is able to make simple adjustments to the treatment and use a wide variety of techniques to ensure a safe treatment that yields maximum results.
I was excited to see one of my favorite magazines, Best Health promoting the benefits of massage. It’s a good quick read for anyone wanting to know the systemic and mechanical benefits of massage.