Listen to Your Body
Listening to your body is a form of self care. Take the time to slow down and listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs!
Your body is sending you messages all the time. The messages may not necessarily have any logic or reason, but you will get a sense of just knowing how to decipher them. All that will be left for you to do is act on these messages! Trying to intellectualize the signs may cloud the message or steer you away from what your body is telling you, so just try to listen to your intuition.
A yawn or having trouble focusing are signals from your body that you need more sleep, or a tummy growl or feeling yourself get irritable for when you are hungry. These are a couple of the more obvious signs. Unfortunately, people rarely seek out solutions for messages that are not as loud and clear as others.
Our brains naturally have an aversion to feeling uncomfortable, and our first impulse is often to do a quick and easy fix of any uncomfortable feelings as quickly as possible. However, when you get in the habit of suppressing your body’s messages, you miss what those messages were meant to tell you. All of our body’s messages are neutral, even if we may perceive some as negative. The body is just sending information, and each message has a specific purpose.
Massage is a great way to slow down and reconnect with your body. Massage enriches the body-mind connection through our skin. The skin, our largest organ, acts as an outer brain. It filters messages to our nervous system through hundreds of receptor sites. This complex communication system intertwines with all influences in our lives, both past and present, and impacts our state of health & wellness. When we don’t receive enough healthy touch, our body expresses itself in other ways, which can lower our overall sense of well-being as well as our immunity.
Massage therapists are trained in listening to bodies. One way is through trigger point therapy. They may be able to recognize that a trigger point in your back may be causing you to feel pain in your neck, which can lead to pain in your head. You may initially think the source of the pain is in the head when it is actually in the neck. A massage therapist can help you identify and solve this problem.
Another way a massage can help is by reducing stress that may be clouding your day to day life. Daily frustrations can manifest in your muscles and leave you feeling sore and achy. A massage is a time to focus on only you, and gives you time to relax, letting that stress melt away. You and your massage therapist work together to identify the areas where your stress can hide, relieve you of physical pain, and clears your mind. Most people report feeling revitalized after a massage, and more attuned to their bodies.
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