During this pandemic, it has become more important for us to take care of ourselves not only physically but emotionally as well. With so much happening around us, stress and uncertainty is inevitable. The drastic changes to our lifestyles have caused our emotions to run high, and with such strict social distancing requirements enforced, the ways in which we relieved our stress pre-corona times have become limited and even non-existent in some cases. Due to these sudden changes, our emotions have undoubtedly become overwhelming at some point since the outbreak. Being emotionally stressed has been shown to lead to other issues such as tension in the body or depression, and if you have experienced either of these, you are not alone. So, the question is, “How do we take care of our emotions?”
There are many ways to improve your emotional well-being, Massage Therapy being one of them. Although it is often thought of first as a way to treat physical ailments, Massage Therapy can also be extremely beneficial in helping balance emotions. Swedish massage, for example, is a very relaxing type of massage that uses long strokes at varied pressure to relax the muscles in the body. This type of massage is always offered at spas and clinics and is popular for good reason. The techniques used during a swedish massage are specifically designed to alleviate stress by applying calming and fluid strokes that put the body in a relaxed state. When the body enters a relaxed state, cortisol decreases, resulting in lowered stress, anxiety and depression. (Correct and insert more info)
We know what you are thinking, “A massage during a pandemic that requires social distancing? That is insane.” However, massage therapists are actually trained in health and hygiene and have always followed strict sanitation procedures before the pandemic enforced mandatory cleaning and disinfection of rooms and common areas, equipment, etc. During this time, massage therapists have just added the extra precautions such as wearing face masks and limiting face-to-face interactions with clients. These new practices can include requiring clients to remain face-down during an entire massage session. Being face-down does not diminish the value or overall effects of massage therapy because the massage therapist is still able to target areas of stress in the body.
Your emotional well-being is just as important as your physical wellness and can even be thought of as being one in the same. Next time you are searching for a way to improve your overall wellness (and that bad posture from watching so much TV on the couch these days), try getting a massage.
Avalon School of Massage is currently open from 10am - 6pm Monday through Saturday. We are conveniently located in the Montrose area on Richmond Avenue between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby just North of Hwy 59. To book a massage appointment, please call 713-333-2520. To see our COVID-19 safety measures, please visit https://www.avalonmassageschool.com/covid-19-safety-measures