January is almost over, so this is an optimal time to check in on your New Year’s resolutions. How are you doing? Are you still going strong with that physical fitness regime, or are you starting to flag a little? Do you find yourself saying, “I’ll go tomorrow” instead of planning ahead and making it happen? Are you caught up on your Netflix, but not on your Crossfit workouts? The important thing is not to be too hard on yourself. Change is difficult, and in this column, we’ll share how massage therapy can help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
Physical fitness is always a popular New Year’s resolution, but going from zero to 60 can cause a myriad of physical issues. Muscle aches, back pain, repetitive stress injuries from biking or weight lifting can all be unintended results of your new commitment to fitness. Even minor injuries such as straining a muscle or over-extending a joint can put your training on the back burner. Massage is a suburb way to ensure that you can keep up with those training sessions. Muscle strain, discomfort, and minor injuries can all be improved by the proper massage techniques. Massage will make sure you continue to feel good, and if you feel good, you’ll keep getting to the gym.
Massage therapy can also help you reach your New Year’s goals by being a fundamental component of the solution. Resolutions concerned with mindfulness, being a more connected parent or a calmer spouse will all benefit from regular massage appointments. Massage has been proven to decrease anxiety, stress and improve immune functions. All these things will support us in our efforts to stay in our best mental shape and allow us to work on becoming the person we know we can be.
What’s all this hard work for without a little reward? Massage is a terrific reward or motivation for any New Year’s resolution. Whether you’ve vowed to quit smoking, eat better or save money, rewarding yourself with a massage is a healthy motivator. Massage is enjoyable, relaxing and a great way for you to take care of yourself and feel like you’re truly getting a reward. It is also completely guilt-free.
In closing, massage therapy is a terrific compliment to your New Year’s resolutions. Massage can help keep you on track with your physical fitness goals by easing everyday aches and pains related to working out. Massage can be an integral part of achieving your mental health based New Year’s resolutions too. Of course, massage is always a great way to reward and motivate yourself.
Our professional massage therapists at Square One Physio can help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions long past January! Book your massage therapy appointment today.