When you have bills to pay, children to take care of, a full-time job, and other adulting responsibilities, the idea of getting a massage can seem preposterous. Doesn’t it represent selfishness in its purest form to spend extra money on a luxury spa treatment, just for you to enjoy?
We understand this mindset, but we also want to break it down and reconstruct what getting a massage actually entails. Instead of thinking of it as a luxury, start to see it as self-care. When you eat fruit and vegetables, that’s just good nutrition. And when you get a massage, that’s just good health.
At our local fitness center, we have seen all sorts of cognitive distortions when it comes to massages: they’re too expensive, too leisurely, not for me, etc. We want to help you rationalize the decision to get a massage by providing you with the evidence that shows massages are good health care more than luxury.
The next time you walk into your health club and are tempted to get a massage, remember this information as you treat yourself, guilt-free.
“I don’t have the time for a massage.”
This is a common excuse for a lot of things we should do in life, and especially for a massage. Have you ever tried going through your phone to see your average daily usage rates? Chances are you spend hours of free time on your phone, especially when you add up those awkward five-minute intervals between tasks. Everyone has an hour they can dedicate for a massage. If you really don’t, look at it this way: investing in a 60-minute massage makes you more productive for the rest of your day, maximizing your time in the long-run.
At Steel Fitness Premier, we offer 60-minute massages six days a week, so you can get an appointment at a good time for you. Just stop by the member service area at our health club and schedule an appointment!
“If I want to relax, I can do it at home.”
The distortion in this statement involves viewing massages as only relaxation. Sure, if massages were only for relaxation, you could also just take a dip in our heated pools, sauna, or whirlpool, However, we promote massages as self-care because they do so much more for your body than simply relax it.
Massage and bodywork can be for relaxation, but it can also provide service such as:
- Reflexology: a technique that manipulates areas of the feet, ears, and hands that all correspond to other bodily functions such as digestion, cognition, and respiration.
- Myofascial release: these massages work into your body’s deep tissue, called fascia, to relieve pain and increase range of motion.
- Lymphatic drainage: these massages improve your body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems, encouraging the release of harmful toxins.
- Orthopedic therapy: massages can help post-op or injury needs by focusing on areas of pain.
- Trager® Approach: you can ease tension headaches and chronic pain. These massages can be extremely beneficial for patients with long-term conditions such as Parkinson’s or Fibromyalgia.
This list represents just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to massage benefits beyond relaxation. If you live in active lifestyle, massages are a great source of preventative care and recovery. The next time you think of a spa as a lavender-infused nap, think again.
“I’m healthy. Why would I need a massage?”
Even if you are a healthy adult, you could always use a massage. You could be the picture of health, but daily activities and even the way we stand affects our body’s skeletal and muscular systems. For example, we tend to shift weight to one side of the body, which therefore requires muscles such as the hips to overcompensate.
You might not feel out of balance, but you have muscles that need attention. Say that you are indeed totally in balance and have phenomenal muscles. You could still benefit from a massage for all of the reflexology and lymphatic detoxing it encourages. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with getting a massage purely for relaxation.
“I don’t want to join a spa or find a masseuse.”
You don’t have to. Get a massage at your local health club instead. At Steel Fitness Premier, for instance, all of our massage therapists have state and national certifications, and they are used to working with fitness-oriented people. This means you get the same, if not better, quality massage and do not need to go out of your way to get it.
You won’t be roped into any of the membership fees or monthly massage demands that massage parlors require. You can just get a massage while you’re at the health club!
To take advantage of our incredible health club facility and massage services, call about joining Steel Fitness Premier in Allentown today!