CHARLOTTE – I’m trying my best not to stress during the holidays. One thing I’ve learned about this season (after losing my father-in-law in September) is that the holidays can be challenging. We are missing certain people in our lives, whether it’s because they’ve passed or they simply cannot visit. I’m also in the midst of the wedding of my son Drew. And then of course, the rush and excitement of the Christmas season that has most of us making sure the food is amazing and the gifts are memorable. Such pressure it is that we put upon ourselves during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
Where does massage fit it? It won’t unless you make it a priority. Remember, we are all busy and we make time for what’s important. If the feeling you get from massage is important, then you’ll make time to get one.
What does massage do to control stress? Massage has been proven to calm the nerves, increase endorphins, and give you a chance to relax in a safe and trusting environment. Massage reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), reduces heart rate (relaxes the body), and in some studies lowered blood pressure.
The conclusion is, even a single massage can affect your overall mental and physical wellbeing. Even if it’s temporary, that’s a win for your body and mind. This season make time for yourself. Don’t sweat the “things” society has taught us to believe we need to be happy. Remember, memories are free and forever.
-Lisa Lane is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist (#13098) in the Mint Hill area. Contact her by email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website: ncmassagesanctuary.massagetherapy.com.