Massage Lux is bright and shiny and I thought new, but I was told they have been open for three years. My youngest daughter and I found a great Facebook deal of a 90 minute massage for $50.00. She had the day off and we needed some mother daughter time and I needed some therapy from trip planning. Okay, my oldest daughter said I might be stretching it when I told her I was going to write this post about needing a massage before heading out on a big trip. But it is true that planning and preparing to travel can be stressful. When you travel on a regular basis, it is important to ensure that everything is done before heading out the door. Are the bills paid? Are all the due articles completed? Are the travel plans finished, reservations, etc. all in order? Lots of time on the computer can be a stress to the eyes, the neck and the shoulders. I know when the therapist who gave me my massage this morning found the knots and kinks in my neck and shoulders today that it is true! Ouch! But then ah!
Ah, it was wonderful! I feel much better. And, it was therapeutic! While this sounds like a bit of hooey, it is not. The Mayo Clinic even confirms the benefits of massage They define massage as, “… a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
Swedish massage…Deep massage… Sports massage and Trigger point massage.”
The Mayo Clinic said that while before massages were generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine that it is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment. Benefits of massage show that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. While I admit preparing for a trip just a stresser, massages can do much more than that, they can be helpful for those suffering from Anxiety, Digestive disorders, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, injuries and more.
An article in Web MD said that many baby boomers especially are choosing massages to get relief from symptoms or to heal injuries, to help with certain health conditions, and to promote overall wellness. When I told my therapist today that I was going to write a blog about the benefits of a massage before travel she said she thought it would be as, or more beneficial after a trip, so hey, I will have to go back afterwards as well.
I do think that after riding in a car, or on a plane that the spine alignment can be messed with and the massage definitely helps put everything back where it belongs. Another benefit and this is just opinion here rather than medical quote is the benefit of moisture to the skin. If nothing else, I think taking time out for yourself in this busy run-run world and letting the brain go blank, thinking about nothing for a half an hour or an hour whichever you can eek out of your schedule is as they say on the commercial priceless.
So yes, the massage was for travel writers, and probably for most other professions as well, therapeutic!