This list of 6 indicators that it's time for massage and energy work shows how the signs get more alarming over time. I discovered this pattern through conversations in sessions with hundreds of clients during my career as a massage therapist. We are all a little different so the progression may vary from one person to the next--and all but the first one are good things to ask your doctor about--but I believe this list will help you to understand why you need massages. Learning to identify your indicators as early as possible can prevent pain, injury, and illness.
1. "Take me Away" Moments (overwhelm)
We all know stress isn't good for us. Some jobs are so stressful it becomes old news. But what we don't realize is that stress hormones are actually addictive over time convincing us we can't face our day without them. So once we get to the point where we are oblivious to our stress levels we're stuck in a dangerous loop. But usually we just attribute the side effects to normal life, "adulting," and aging. We tell ourselves there's nothing that can be done. Not only is this untrue, but if we do something early, it's as enjoyable as a vacation. When we begin to feel moments of overwhelm, that is the time to balance the stresses with time to revive, recharge, and reflect. At this point, it's not time to consult the doctor, but some relaxation is definitely in order. Massage is the best way to achieve this in a short and efficient session. If you keep a habit of scheduling a massage every 3-4 weeks, you can prevent a lot of pain, illness and injury. Massage keeps muscles flexible, boosts your immune system, nourishes your skin, improves the quality of sleep, reduces the appearance of cellulite, balances your energy, improves your mood and much more.
2. Sleep Troubles
Sleep interruptions, trouble falling asleep, disturbing dreams, over sleeping and waking up exhausted are all sure signs it's time to get back in balance. These could be caused by physical energetic or emotional triggers, all of which are most easily balanced in a massage and energy healing session. If the sleep troubles continue for a long period of time, or begin to form a pattern that lasts several months, that leads to even more problems like a lower immune system. Everyone hates taking sick days to be SICK.If you’re not in tune with your body and used to noticing when you feel “off,” you miss signs and by then it will take several sessions to fix the problem (especially if it’s caused by pain that won't allow you to find a comfortable sleeping position) But if the sessions occur within a few weeks of eachother, it will still take way less time to balance the body's sleep schedule than any other natural method.
3. No focus, Memory or Motivation
If unaddressed, the next common problem in this downward spiral is a failure to function in regular life situations and tasks. The off balanced brain doesn't work well. We forget more things than usual, do things backwards, take longer to complete simple tasks and feel unmotivated to do things that we once lived for. (These are also signs of sleep deprivation.) We don't have time to have fun because the important stuff starts taking more time than it should. Also when we're feeling off like this, we tend to slack on our other self care habits like drinking enough water, stretching, meditation and working out. Getting a massage is the best way out of this because it's therapeutic and it also feels good! Even the more intense sessions that are hard to enjoy (because the muscles can't relax) still make you feel amazing afterwards. And when you feel amazing you gain access to a more positive perspective that helps in any area of life. A positive perspective is the best motivation!
4. Random Annoying Symptoms
This next part is often hard to notice at first. But then it gets worse. Let's call it Mystery pain. We usually assume there's nothing that can be done to prevent it from happening--because we don't know who to ask. Some examples of this are: annoying twitches (usually around the eyes), a deep itch in the ear that you can't find, a tightness or flutter in the throat, mild skin irritation, or deep aches and widespread pain that is difficult to pinpoint. These (and many more) can all be caused by trigger points in the muscles. Trigger points are a combination of one or more muscle spasms, held active by a branch of nerves. Trigger points also cause more alarming symptoms like numbness, burning sensations and tingling/pins and needles feelings. The techniques to deactivate trigger points are usually more intense than common massage, and most massage therapists aren't experienced in locating them. Trigger points can feel numb, or very sensitive so it's important to see someone who knows how to help without making things worse. They can also be very tricky to deactivate so it usually takes about 4 sessions to get to the bottom of the issue.
5. Injury from a Harmless Activity
By the time you have a "straw that broke the camels back" type experience, you have missed several indicators that it's time for a massage. The muscles tighten to such a degree that something as simple as reaching into the back seat of your vehicle, picking up something from the floor, or sleeping on a different pillow can cause a serious injury that leaves you seeking emergency help! I have helped countless people with "massage 9-1-1" situations after they went to a doctor who prescribed a heat pack and ton of medications. There's nothing like hobbling to the pharmacy to pick up an armload of prescriptions to make you realize if there's gotta be a better way--Especially when it only took reaching for your seatbelt to cause it. Now you have to miss work for the worst possible reasons: suffering! When this happened to me in 2014, I was given a heat pack, analgesic cooling gel, prescription painkillers, muscle relaxers, an anti-inflammatory medication and a medication to protect my stomach from all the other medications. I was SO GRATEFUL once I finally found a massage therapist who could understand what I needed and fix the problem (after trying 6 different CMTs in 5 different spas, at various price points).
6. More Alarming Symptoms:
There are also some more severe symptoms that massage and energy healing can help, for example: dizzy spells, migraines, tooth pain, jaw pain, numbness, and midnight leg cramps. Long term massage can combat depression and anxiety for those with chronic pain. Some severe muscle pain isn't caused by one definite injury but still slowly results in paralyzing pain. I meet a lot of clients for the first time in this condition, with a story like "I don't know what I did, but now I can't raise my arm!" or "This is SO PAINFUL, I can't even turn my head to the right!" With massage I am usually able to get the client some relief in the first session or two, but my true goal is helping them to get back in tune with their bodies so that they notice something is wrong before they get to that level of imbalance, suffering and lost sleep ever again.
Even if that means they'd never need my help again, to me, that's still the best way to lose a client.
So, now that you know some more definite ways to tell if a massage could help you to feel better, I'd like to hear from you. Do you think you're seeing one of these signs? Don't worry, your life is probably not ruined forever. It just means it's time to start getting massages!!
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