Life has never been so hectic, stress ridden or so toxic. With all of the advancements in technology we have assimilated the attitude of the internet- we want to be everywhere all at once. Today, I was having a conversation with a client while emailing him details on my facebook page. He received the information on his iphone before I finished my sentence. End of conversation- why bother? He could read it later.
Within minutes, another client called to change her appointment for next week because she had to be at a work meeting, ballet lesson and summer camp pick up all within a half hour of each other and couldn’t possibly imagine how she could squeeze in her wax before the weekend- she would have to shave.
Another informed me that she and her husband have three engagements on Friday night, “I don’t know how this one is going to play out…..” she said with a sigh. My answer was simple. “Don’t worry about it right now. You are here to relax. Start face down and I will knock before I come back in.”
Calgon Take Me Away!
If anyone needs a massage on a regular basis it’s a modern mom. The juggling act that is our life has permanently attached our shoulders to our ears and replaced our trapezoids with golf balls. Not to mention the fact that we forget to breathe. We give so much all day long, what is wrong with one hour for ourselves?
Enter GUILT. Synonym: criminality. Are we criminals? I think not. Although the ideology is slowly changing, our society has painted massage as the ultimate luxury. A vice that only the most spoiled or indulgent of people partake in. And once a week? Come on? Who do you think you are?
I will tell you who you are.
You are a woman that is of high risk for heart disease. You are the person that suffers from asthma, high blood pressure, depression or anxiety. You are 7 months pregnant with a 2 year old at home. You are the runner that has a pulled calf muscle that won’t quite heal. You have trouble sleeping, concentrating and standing up straight. You and your husband cannot seem to agree on anything and are facing the end of your 15 year relationship. You have cancer, diabetes or your child has Autism. You are just plain tired from giving your all 24/7. You are disappointed because you feel like you can’t give your all. You work hard, play hard, love your family and your significant other. You are a great mom. There is nothing you wouldn’t do to secure your happy life.
I am not suggesting that massage therapy is a replacement for proper health assessments or psychotherapy. I am suggesting, however, that it will reduce any number of symptoms and aliments and allow you to live a more relaxed, fulfilling life.
It’s time to start viewing massage as “preventative maintenance.” Stress and obesity top the list of culprits of manifested diseases. This one is easy. No one is asking you to go on a diet, exercise and lose weight or exert any kind of will power what-so-ever. We are inviting you to come in, lay down, take a deep breath and let us heal you one golf ball at a time.
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Kimberly Rockefeller is the owner of Thrive! Body and Skin in San Diego and single mom to 5 year old Corbin.
Email her firstname.lastname@example.org.