The Power of Massage
I don’t have the type of disposable income that allows me to get massages anytime that I want to. So, every once in a while, someone will give me a gift certificate for a massage and then I hold on to it for months, scrambling to find folks to watch my kids long enough for me to enjoy the hour.
Interestingly, however, during my last massage with a holistic massage therapist/healer, I learned an extremely valuable lesson. One that I think you too will find true.
If you remember, a while back I posted a blog entitled, Don’t Touch Me. Many moms could relate to the feeling of being pulled on, climbed on and touched all day long – to the point where they just didn’t want to be touched at all. Before going to my massage, I thought about that…after all, it was going to mean more touching.
But my therapist, working on intuition, said as I walked into the room, “It looks like you need the kind of touching today that doesn’t steal your energy, but gives it back to you!” Maybe she had read my blog post, or maybe she really is part psychic.
Either way, her words struck a chord with me.
As mothers and wives, much of the physical interaction that we have on a daily basis is about giving. We kiss booboos, we give hugs, and we reach out to hold hands to keep our kids safe. We nurse on our laps, giving our children our milk; we rock to sleep using our bodies as a cradle. We give boosts up the steps or onto the couch and carry our kids into bed or into a store. In other words, while we are being touched and are touching an awful lot, we are constantly (and I mean constantly) giving our physical selves to help others. We touch our partners with intimacy and are often giving of our bodies once again.
And all in all, this becomes draining. And this is exactly what is so awesome about a massage. If you find the right therapist, she will actually touch you in a way that TAKES NOTHING and ASKS NOTHING of your physical self. All you have to do is relax and enjoy, and feel the resurgence of energy being returned to your body, rather than taken away.
I know that times are hard for all of us financially and that once we become parents, massages and manicures and the such are no longer priorities. But I do believe that if you have the opportunity, as a mother – you really deserve a massage. Ask for one as a gift for your birthday, Christmas or Mother's Day (which is right around the corner) and see how absolutely amazing you will feel afterward.
Have you ever had a massage? If so, how did you feel afterward and why would you recommend it to other moms?