This is the time of year when people often set goals to help them improve their lives going forward. Whether you call it a “resolution” or not, self-improvement is a worthy goal. At Riverside Serenity Massage & Wellness, we can help you make progress on pretty much any of the goals you want to accomplish this year.
Here’s a brief rundown of how massage can help with the most common goals made at the beginning of the year.
This is by far the most common type of goal made in January. On the practical side, massage therapy has been shown to help increase circulation, reduce physical pain, and decrease muscle tension so you can recover from exercise-induced strain more efficiently. But that’s not the biggest issue with these types of resolutions.
The primary reason the goals of weight loss and increased exercise tend to fail is actually due to emotional stress rather than physical strain. While massage can obviously help you recover from the muscle soreness that comes with increased physical activity, one of the best ways it can help you achieve this particular goal is by helping you relax your mind. Making a significant change to your habits — especially if you don’t have a strong support network of family and friends who encourage you along your journey — can be stressful for your psyche, and that can significantly impair your ability to stay consistent with your new habit.
Additionally, there is some evidence that massage can help with hormonal regulation, especially the stress hormone cortisol, which often increases during times of significant change in your life — whether that change and stress is “good” or “bad.” Especially when you change your diet, your body may “panic” a bit, sending you into a state of ambient anxiety. Massage can help ease that stress (again, even if it’s good stress) and help your body and mind operate more efficiently. This helps you stay on track, or get back on track if you slip up a bit.
Any new habit that causes your mental focus and resources to shift gears can cause stress and strain. We only have a limited amount of attention and mental energy in a given day, and if this desired new habit begins to interfere with your ability to take care of the essentials — doing your job or taking care of your family — it’s often not feasible to maintain.
Getting massage therapy on a regular basis can ease the physical strain that tends to accompany mental stress (often manifesting as neck and shoulder tension), and it can help you achieve a relaxed, alert mental state. This can help you focus better, so you can prioritize, plan, and accomplish your goals without sacrificing the necessities.
While these may be the vaguest of the common New Years Resolutions (and you probably ought to consider getting specific on what you mean by “happy” and “stress-free”), massage therapy is one of the easiest ways to make progress on these goals. Regardless of any aches, pains, and muscular tension that needs to be addressed, our focus at Riverside Serenity Massage & Wellness is on relaxation and helping you be (or get closer to) your best.
If you’ve made goals like any of those we’ve described here, you should definitely consider adding massage therapy to your regular routine. We have appointments available almost every day, so you can get massage according to your schedule. (Click here to schedule your next massage now.)
Additionally, members of the Wellness Adventure Club have access to Sunday appointments as well as more wellness tips and tricks for all areas of their lives. This membership extends to one other person in your household, too, so both of you can have help in achieving your New Year’s Goals. Check out the details and find out how to join by clicking here.
Happy New Year! Here’s to an amazing year, filled with hard work, fulfillment, progress, and adventure!