Massage is not only about being indulged at a candlelit spa with fluffy bath robes and a glass of fizz. This pampering is one form of massage, and is quite clearly a luxury. We’d like to shift your thinking a little bit.
A massage therapy session like a Swedish massage or a sports massage is not a luxury.
Let us state a fact: Practically everybody would benefit from a regular therapeutic massage.
Three of our patients have kindly agreed to share their stories. Each highlights the clear benefits of massage and shows what a positive impact it can have on health and wellbeing.
Mark, 34: Runs to manage depression
Mark came to see us wanting a massage on his legs as he does a lot of running. There’s nothing unusual in that. With further discussion, Mark told us that he uses running to manage his depression. He had previously been on anti-depressants and hated how they made him feel. Running allows him to manage his depression without taking the medication. So exercise is vital to him.
Running Six Days A Week
The problem was, his legs were getting progressively tighter through running six days a week. this led to aches and niggles. Some of them had stopped him running for a week at a time which was having a bad effect on his mood. Anybody with depression knows this can have all kinds of knock on effects. The moods were affecting Mark’s relationships.
Like most runners, he had heard about the benefits of massage. We get a lot of people at our clinics who just never get round to trying it, or asking about massage therapy. Thankfully Mark’s lovely Wife had bought him a True Physio voucher. On his first visit, we conducted an assessment to get to grips with exactly what he needed. After an half an hour massage to his legs they felt instantly lighter and looser. Mark left understanding that massage isn’t just about helping his legs feel better for a while, it will also help him stay injury free. That meant he could keep running, and that meant the world to him.
Mark was a massage convert from then on. He booked back in initially for a couple of weeks later, and now he comes every 6 weeks or so to keep his legs loose, and keep him running. Knowing that he’s doing something proactive to keep himself running has reduced his anxiety about what might happen if he can’t run, and that’s benefited his mood too. He wishes he’d come a lot sooner!
Carol, 47: Sits at a desk all day
Carol spends a lot of time sitting at her desk. Something she has done her entire working life. She felt this caused her neck and shoulders to be forever tight. As time marched on Carol was getting more and more headaches alongside the aches and pains. Concentrating at work was increasingly challenging.
That’s not ideal for anyone, but Carol is an accountant dealing with very large sums of money. A mistake could be very costly. She was finding she would have to check and re-check her work to make sure there weren’t any errors, and that was wasting time.
On her first visit, Carol booked a thirty minute neck and shoulder massage therapy. During the consolation she told us that the centre of her back was also very stiff. She expected the massage to be painful and some of it was a bit uncomfortable. Carol still enjoyed it far more than she was expecting. She told us:
“it was lovely to feel someone was getting to those aches I couldn’t reach”.
We prescribed one exercise to do whilst sitting at her desk and rebooked for the following week.
Since then Carol has been coming to True Physio about once a fortnight for eight weeks. She cannot believe the difference:
- Less pain in her shoulders
- Sleeping better
- Improved concentration
We were really pleased to hear Carol is back to enjoying the job she used to love. She had fallen out of enjoying it, but even her colleagues noticed a positive change.
A couple of them have come to see us and find out what all the fuss is about. You won’t be surprised to hear that Carol wishes she’d come sooner!
Rob, 21: Busy cleaning windows
Rob came to see us needing a massage to his lower back and with concerns about his calves. Taking on the family window cleaning business when his Dad fell ill put a lot of pressure on his body. He was feeling it through his lower back with the carrying. His calves weren’t used to spending so much time on ladders. If ever we’d seen a case for massage therapy this was it.
Getting Out of Bed
Each morning, he found it harder and harder to get out of bed as the muscles were getting tighter. He had to work, and felt huge pressure to continue making the business a success so rest wasn’t an option. Luckily, he’d been to the clinic years ago for a twisted ankle and saw that we now do massage so gave us a ring. We got him in within a day and he got his lower back and legs worked on in an hour session. He was given some great exercises to stretch and strengthen certain muscles that would help him manage the demands of the job better.
Rob is now also a massage convert and has booked sessions for the rest of the year having noticed a huge difference in his ability to do his job. His body coping with the work is now one less worry in the midst of suddenly having to run a business.
Massage really isn’t a luxury
Mark, Carol and Rob are very quick to dismiss the “massage is a luxury” theory. The trio came with their individual problems. We see lots of other people, every day, with all kinds of ailments.
If you google the benefits of massage, you’ll find 207 million entries. A quick read confirms that massage can assist with:
- Reducing muscle tension
- Improving blood supply
- Reducing blood pressure
Massage is proven to be highly beneficial for the human body. The knock on effects can be managing a mental health condition, better performance at work or finding it easier to run a business.
At True Physio we deliberately keep our massage fees affordable. We prefer to keep our brilliant therapists busy, curing more people who go and spread the word. We want massage to be accessible to as many as possible. That’s because we truly believe that massage isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity!
If you have been thinking about getting massage for a while and just haven’t got round to it, or you’ve got out of the habit, then please get a session in the diary now. You won’t regret it. Book here!