Many of my massage clients ask me why I decided to train as a masseuse. The truth is; I’m not really sure. After we got married I worked full time as a childrenswear merchandiser and I thought it would be fun (and useful) to learn something new. I decided to do one evening a week over two years, covering Swedish massage, aromatherapy and Indian head massage. I also knew start up costs would be low if I ever wanted to start earning. I decided to become a therapist when Winston was about 10 months old. I knew the longer I left it, the less confident I would feel – so I went for it. I used to get so nervous.
Before I started my mobile massage business I naively thought people would only want massage for relaxation purposes, but I am discovering more and more that many (especially women) rely on them for basic maintenance. I’ve had monthly, fortnightly and even weekly clients too. Humans seems to carry most of their tension in their shoulders and necks (no surprise there), causing back ache, headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, plus tight and sore muscles. Muscles sore from coughing, lifting, sitting, straining, reaching and repetition, to name a few. I’ve really come to appreciate how important it is that we take time out in our busy lives to relax and rejuvenate – so our bodies can keep up. We only get one body and it’s so important that we look after it.
I’ve often wondered what is most healing about massage – the conversation? touch? the oils? the candles? the music?aromatherapy? the kneading? or simply lying down? It’s a combination, which is why massage is described as a holistic treatment. Most of my clients talk to me the whole time, some of them get really excited about the aromatherapy oils and others just enjoy feeling pampered.
Massage uses a variety of stroking, kneading, pressure and flowing movements over the body to treat and prevent a huge variety of complaints. The way that we feel can have a direct physical effect on our body, so by inducing relaxation and stress relief both the body and mind can benefit from massage.
Here are just a few things it can help with:
- Improving skin tone, circulation and elasticity
- Eliminating toxins
- Boosting the immune system
- Increasing energy levels
- Reducing insomnia
- Reduce inflammation
- Soothe anxiety and despression
- Ease bloating
- Improve joint mobility
- Easing muscular tension and soreness
When our bodies are in balance our ability to cope with the everyday stresses and strains of life enhances dramatically. Massages work naturally and holistically to gain optimum performance from your body – physically, mentally and emotionally.
So go on…book yourself a massage or get a loved one to do it. You will feel so much better. Massages don’t have to be expensive either – training colleges are always looking for models for students to work on.