Love is in the air. Hearts are everywhere, from heart-shaped cookies in the coffee shops to big red heart balloons in stores. It’s Valentine’s Day. We all know it represents a day of love. People give the traditional gifts — a box of chocolates, a bouquet of red roses, a romantic dinner out. These are all wonderful but I like to encourage people to think of loving yourselves with the gift of a personal massage session.
I think that we need to learn to love ourselves every day. Throughout the year, you juggle so many aspects of your life, from work and family to your health and activities. That’s why it’s so important to achieve balance and nurture your body and mind.
This is what I call the Four Pillars of Life: regular exercise, healthy diet, hydration and stress management. By focusing on achieving a balance and consistency in these areas, you will find that as your stress levels go down and you will feel more calm and balanced and able to take on the world, day by day. Massage has been proven time and again to lower stress levels in participants.
Quite often, my clients tell me they don’t realise how stressed they actually are until the lay down for a massage treatment. Often they even fall asleep during the session! This tells me that their bodies, and minds, have reached a critical point of stress and exhaustion.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Professional massage is wonderfully relaxing and has numerous health benefits. Many forms of bodywork can help manage stress levels, reduce blood pressure and heart rate, ease muscles and stiff joints, lower the levels of stress hormones, enhance immune function and more.”
This Valentine’s Day, give yourself a special gift, a regular monthly massage to soothe away stress and give you peace of mind. Visit Oceana Massage and schedule in a massage session today.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Oceana Massage!