Massage and the Power of Touch
My anxiety had been slowly increasing in the years after having my youngest two children. In between the infrequent bouts of panic, I thought I was basically okay even though I had many signs that told me differently. In January 2017, something snapped. The month had started off very frustratingly with a series of unfortunate events including someone stealing my debit card, both our cars breaking down, and rampant sickeness tearing through the family.
But what seemed to tip me over the edge was a situation at work where I had to interview to keep my job. In previous times, I would have taken it in stride. But for some reason, this situation sent me into a depression where I couldn’t stop crying and worrying about the worst case scenario: either be sent back to the department I was on loan from or possibly lose my job all together. Fortunately, I was able to pull myself together enough to do my best in that interview. I was selected, however, that January’s events only accelerated a downward spiral of mental and physical hell.
Magic of Massage
It’s a well-known fact humans need physical touch on a regular basis to strive both mentally and physically. In times of stress, physical touch is especially important. There are many forms of touch but one tactic I’ve consistently used as part of my self care routine is deep tissue massage.
Deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that uses firm pressure and slow strokes to apply pressure on deep layers of muscles and fascia (connective tissue surrounding the muscles). It’s effective in relieving pain due to tight muscles as it’s primary purpose is to break up and release knots and scar tissue in the muscles and thus reduce overall inflammation within the body. (Deep Tissue Massage: Everything You Need to Know).
I started getting monthly deep tissue massages from a licensed massage therapist – along with regular chiropractice care – 18 years ago when I was dealing with debilitating tension headaches for which I was taking prescription pain medications. (Presently, I hardly take any type of medication so I’m a huge proponent of regular massages and chiropractic adjustments.) But massages have become more than a way to ease headaches. They’ve also become a vital component of my stress management plan.
Have a wonderful week!