The holiday season can be a flurry of activity: family gatherings, meet-ups with friends, office parties, and other celebrations. Along with the parties and celebration stress can creep in. It is easy to forget to take care of yourself during all the hustle and bustle; your well-being is one of the most important things to remember during the holidays!
One of the best ways to beat the stress and avoid becoming overwhelmed is to treat yourself to a massage. Incorporating massage therapy into your holiday schedule will not only relieve some of the tension that comes with the season, but will also allow you to really enjoy this special time of year. Here are the top three reasons you should schedule a massage for yourself this holiday season.
For many, this is a stressful time of the year. There are so many things that can cause anxiety during the holiday months: planning giant meals, entertaining in-laws, family, and friends, realizing all your shopping will be done last-minute, sticking to your budget. While you may be thinking that with all these things to do, the last thing you have time for is a massage, think again! Taking just 60 minutes out of your day to schedule a massage will leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to once again tackle your to-do list. Any stress and tension will melt away and you will avoid becoming overwhelmed.
2. Overworking Your Body
Along with the emotional stress comes the physical stress during this time of year. With all these things to do and not enough time to do them, you probably haven’t given yourself much time off your feet. Think about all the physical exertion your body has to deal with! Decorating the house, cleaning, seemingly endless baking and cooking, carrying heavy shopping bags, and traveling will take a toll on your body and leave you exhausted and achy. Massage is the perfect solution to relieve sore, strained muscles and get rid of lingering pain.
3. Colder and Drier Weather
Busy schedule aside, this time of year can really get cold. When temperatures drop, muscles tighten up. Many complain of backaches, hip aches, and joint aches during the winter months, which can really take the joy out of the holiday season. Cold weather also means snow, and snow means shoveling – another task to add to the to-do list that will leave you sore. A massage can help alleviate these aches and pains (and prevent injury) by warming up your muscles with lotions, oils, aromatherapy, or simply the act of pressure from the massage therapist’s hands.
Scheduling a massage gives you the opportunity for some “me” time – the key to staying sane during the celebrational chaos. There is no better way to cope with the holidays than to take a step back, breathe, and take a break from it all, which is exactly what a massage will allow you to do. You deserve it! Massage is no longer considered a luxury; it is a necessity to keep your mental and physical wellbeing at their best. Give yourself the gift of massage this season and you will truly have happy holidays.