Warning signs

There are warning signs all around us.  Some are actual signs, such as road signs that warn us of construction or a dangerous curve ahead.  Some are built into our vehicles.  They warn us of low fuel, engine problems, or potential safety issues.  In our homes we can have a security system that alerts us to an intruder.  Smoke alarms and CO2 alarms notify us of a dangerous and possibly life threatening problem.  A friends CO2 alarm went off at his house.  Inspection revealed that their oven and water heater were both leaking gas and needed to be replaced.  While he was not happy about needing to buy new appliances, he was grateful for the warning and that he and his family were safe.

With all of our electronic devices now we can get warnings on them also.  Among them are banks and credit card companies checking for fraud or stolen information.  We can be reminded of meetings and events on our schedule so they are not forgotten.

Most warnings exist for our safety along with a few for our convenience.  They tell us there is danger ahead and that there is time to do something about it.  Most warnings are designed to be easily noticed.  They are highly visible, and many flash or make noise to get our attention.  They tend to stay on until you take action on them.

Your body gives warning signs also. When it does, listen.  Pay attention and take action.  Ignored warnings typically lead to a bigger problem which you will look back on and regret later.  The longer you wait, the longer it will take  to recover and feel really good again.  It’s much easier, faster, and often more effective to deal with a small problem than something that has grown into a large problem.

If you are having constant headaches, not sleeping well, always feeling stressed and having difficulty relaxing, or have an area that is in pain daily (like your neck or back), then your body is giving you a warning that something needs to change.  Give massage a chance to help.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Temporary Benefits – a valid massage objection?

Some people are interested in massage but have reservations.  One that I have heard is that massage only provides a temporary benefit.  This is true because after your massage eventually you are going to need another one.  If you are active after your massage, you will get sore and tired again.  If you are not active, you will get stiff and tight.  Stress will also return uninvited in either case.

Is this a valid objection to getting a massage?  Let’s think about some other things that you do that are temporary also.

Eating and drinking.  You are going to get hungry again whether you enjoyed a wonderful favorite meal or leftovers.  Even if you stuff yourself at a holiday feast, you get hungry again and need to eat.  Also, even if  you drink enough so you are sloshing you will need to drink more later.

Sleep.  If you got a great night’s sleep and are well rested, at the end of the day you need to sleep again.  Without sleep we don’t function well, lose the ability to think clearly, and our judgment suffers.  Our movements become less coordinated and less precise.  The effects of lack of sleep are very noticeable in just a few hours beyond when you begin feeling tired.

Personal hygiene.  We continue to brush our teeth, shower, wash our hands, and other things routinely.  In fact, we tend to keep our distance from those who do not.  We wash our clothes after wearing them and our dishes after using them.   We do maintenance work on our cars and homes to keep them performing well and to prevent small problems from turning into major ones later.

Exercise.  A great workout doesn’t last.  To achieve lasting long-term benefits you need to make it a habit and exercise routinely.  Even if you were to run a marathon you would need to continue to exercise to remain fit after.

The effects of medicine are temporary, but that doesn’t stop people from using it.  One pill doesn’t solve a problem or cure a sickness.  One vitamin doesn’t last a week, much less a lifetime.

Your body has needs that require regular attention.  Massage, like the other things listed here, is indeed temporary, but that doesn’t mean it is not valuable.  Your headache, stiff neck, back pain, or other ailments do not go away on their own.  You have to do something to make it better.  Let massage be a way to help you feel good along with your other regular activities.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com