Love to relax? Give the gift of massage therapy this year to that special someone in your life. Chocolates are lovely, and a romantic card is nice, but nothing says, “I truly care for you and your health” like the gift of massage therapy. The following are excellent reasons (not like you need then) to give or get a massage this year. also, Keep a lookout on our Facebook page for our Just Breathe Massage love day special!!
1. Stress relief: Massage calms the nervous system and assists the release of feel-good chemicals and hormones. A Valentine’s Day session might include hot stone massage or essential oils which will add a level of deep relaxation to your time on the table.
2. Mood boost: Massage has been shown to aid the release of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone (also called the love hormone) in the body, which leads to feelings of social bonding. It also increases production of serotonin and dopamine. This could be why couples massage is a popular offering on Valentine’s Day.
Massage makes a body feel better by increasing circulation, improving flexibility and releasing those knots and crinkles that can seem rooted in muscles. Massage has been shown to reduce low- and upper-back pain, neck pain and headache, and to be effective for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. When combined with aromatherapy, the pain-relieving effects of massage can be even more profound and long-lasting.
Singletons need not deprive themselves on Valentine’s Day. Booking a massage session lets you state with confidence, “I love myself.” Massage therapy allows the client to become fully present and blissed-out while receiving care and nurturance from the massage therapist. A massage session offers a deep respite from everyday stress, and sends the body the message, “I am taking care of you.”
Massage therapy is a gift to the emotional heart, as it has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. The relaxation response is “a physical state of deep rest that changes a person’s physical and emotional responses to stress”—and massage therapy is one practice that affects this response.
Massage has been found to reduce heart rate and to have a lasting, positive effect on both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Massage has also been shown to benefit cardiac surgery patients by reducing anxiety, pain and muscular tension, while it boosts relaxation. Expand your idea of the traditional Valentine’s Day heart from red greeting-card cartoon to the life-sustaining muscle that beats inside yourself and your loved ones, by booking or gifting an appointment for massage.
Imagine you and your loved one lying side-by-side on adjacent massage tables, each of you receiving therapeutic touch with lightly scented oils, while soft music plays in the background. Whether dinner follows or not, you will both be in a more grounded and open state of being following your session.