From what I have seen and experienced, many moms are wired to put everyone and anyone ahead of themselves. We go through many days unshowered, underfed and "underslept," which isn't really a word, but I know you can still relate! With all of our responsibilities to our children, our homes, our partners, and our circle of friends, there isn't much time or energy left to spend on ourselves. And yet, here I am writing a quick blog post about why we should be!
When you hear the word "massage," what comes to your mind? Indulgence? Pampering? Luxury? Extravagance? Something to do only on vacation? What if I told you that what comes to my mind are things like "routine self-maintenance," "illness/injury prevention," and "stress reliever"?
I have been a massage therapist for over a decade now. Growing up, I was a multi-sport athlete and was always fascinated with the way that the human body worked. I had my fair share of injuries over the years and was always most interested in how I could rehabilitate myself without the use of medication (NOT that I'm anti-modern medicine). I went to college and got my bachelor's degree in sport and exercise science, and then carried into a degree in therapeutic massage.
The most beneficial thing that you will get out of any massage therapy session is increased circulation. When blood is flowing freely through your body, it amps up your immune system, it keeps your joints properly lubricated, and it acts as a stress reliever. All of the systems in your body will work more efficiently.
Regular massage SHOULD be part of your overall wellness regimen. It is not an indulgence or something to only do on holidays or birthdays. It should be viewed as a way to keep your body working the way it was designed to. It helps you feel more relaxed. You will get better sleep in the days after a massage. Because of the boost to your immune system, you are less likely to get sick. And it makes your workouts more effective.
Now, you might be thinking, "there is no way that I have the time to get regular massages." But I would say that you are the perfect candidate for regular massage BECAUSE you are a mom pulled in a thousand directions. Every mom owes it to herself and her family to practice self-care. Because we all know: if mama is down and out, everything falls apart.
Just like it's a good thing for your kids to see you working out, it is equally important for them to see that Mom needs to take some time for herself every once in a while too. You can even teach your kids how to give you foot and hand massages! That's a win-win for everybody!
To leave you with a cheesy thought: consider massage a "kneaded" part of your wellness. Go get one!