by Jeanne Mancinelli, RN, LMT, Reiki Practitioner
Constantly giving to family, friends, job, life events all help to drain your energy. When the inner well is full, we are able to give as the situation needs. If these events or situations begin to drain our energy and we do not take the time to replenish our supply, then we run into trouble.
As the body approaches this level, it begins to send out warning signals. These can include:
- Poor quality of sleep
- Feeling “down”
- Irritable, Etc.
Now we are entering a “dis-ease” state. If left unchecked, it will spiral downward and become more systemic. You may experience:
- An increase in blood pressure
- Frequent severe headaches
How to replenish the well?
- First is to recognize the situation
- Secondly, realize that if you do not take care of yourself, you could end up with a physical or emotional breakdown.
What do do?
What helps you relax? Make some “you time.” This is where massage can help. As early as 15 minutes into the massage, the body releases endorphins. These are the “feel good” hormones. During this time your blood pressure begins to lower. Further into the massage, your muscles begin to relax and tension begins to ease. Clients frequently report improved sleep.
The type of massage will depend on the needs of the client. The therapist should discuss the expectations of the client. Some people prefer a more vigorous massage, while others enjoy the long, slow strokes of the Swedish massage. Incorporating essential oils can help ease muscle tension, help elevate moods, and help alleviate stress.
Taking time to refill your inner well is good preventative medicine.
According to a statement issued by the American Massage Therapy Association, there is a growing body of research supporting the health benefits of massage. They have listed 25 conditions that are positively affected by massage.
Included in this list are:
- Relieve stress
- Decrease anxiety
- Reduce muscle tension
- Relieve tension headaches
- Improved sleep, Etc.
Massage is so much more than what a lot of people think it is.
Massage is not just a frivolous activity. It improves your health and well-being, it is good preventative medicine.
Join Jeanne Mancinelli, licensed massage therapist, for a cup of tea in our homey kitchen and learn about the different kinds of massage and their benefits.
Tuesday, February 9th at 5:30-6:30 pm
Register with Jeanne at 610.393.9676.