Massage as Preventitive Care?

Every now and then, I surf the net for cool quotes.  I really love positive and motivational quotes because, well quite frankly, they help to feed my soul and make me feel good.

Who doesn’t want to feel good in a day?

ben-franklinWhile I was surfing the net (looking for research material for this and other articles I’m planning) I came across one from Ben Franklin that I’m sure I had heard several times previously, but it resonated this time:  “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

I started thinking again about the benefits that I’ve spelled out already in the few posts that I’ve already written.  I could re-hash them again, but there really is no need for redundancy, so you are spared (this time ).  I sat back and thought about my trade as a form of preventative medicine.  “What!?” some of you may say.  Others will think “Testify, sister”, while others will think of scenes from movies where the heretic is hanged or set aflame… that may be a bit melodramatic, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who don’t think of massage as a form of prevention for other medical issues.

I’m going to do it:  here are some of the bullet points again on the benefits of massage… and once again, it’s just a scratch to the surface:    MASSAGE31

  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps reduce and / or eliminate anxiety
  • Releases strained muscles
  • Aids in sleep
  • Releases toxins
  • Helpful in aiding digestive disorders
  • Helps ease or eliminate headaches
  • Relieves pain

I think one of the benefits of massage that is overlooked is quite simply, when getting a massage; you are the sole focus of your therapist for your allotted amount of time.  You are being nurtured.  You are being cared for… I guess that is another article to be written later, though.

The definition of preventative medicine is pretty broad.  It includes blood tests, well-baby care, physicals, mammograms, cancer screenings, and early detection screenings for heart disease and diabetes.  Preventative care is specifically programs or services that will help detect a disease or potential disease, or assist in preventing injuries and / or diseases.  Preventative medicine is becoming more and more important because:

  1.  Health costs are continuing to climb.
  2. The population is aging – we’re living longer and want to LIVE not simply exist.
  3. We are learning that through early detection and treatment, many ailments or diseases can be managed far easier and at a far lesser cost as opposed to waiting until the situation is critical.

To make my point, I’d like to touch on a couple of the benefits.  I won’t go into anxiety or stress because I already covered that not long ago, but let’s look at a few of the benefits and what massage may help you or a loved one overcome or prevent.

Aids in sleep:  sleep deprivation plagues us in the US.  We work a lot of hours and don’t get nearly enough play time.  We worry a lot, and don’t take a lot of time to relax our minds and bodies.  The end result is sleep deprivation for a great many of us. ImageA CNN article stated that 1 on 3 adults in the US get less than 7 hours of sleep per night.  Big deal, you might think.  You may fit comfortably into the category of fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night.  If you are one of those folks, you may notice the following:

  • Trouble focusing
  • Moodiness
  • Increased doses of coffee or other caffeine infused drinks
  • Increased clumsiness

None of these really seem to be overly alarming until you look at other, more serious effects of lack of sleep:  increased obesity, heart problems or depression.

Helps lower blood pressure:  this doesn’t need a great deal of attention because we are told over and over again that high blood pressure leads to stroke and heart attacks.

Relieves pain:  I found an article at that stated the following directly:  “Researchers at McMaster University in Canada found that massage affects the activity of certain genes, directly reducing inflammation in muscles — the same result you’d get by taking aspirin or ibuprofen — and boosting their ability to recover from exercise.”

Helpful in aiding with digestive disorders:  It’s not uncommon for mothers to rub a baby’s tummy when the baby is constipated.  It’s not uncommon for patients taking pain relievers such as Vicoden to suffer with constipation.  It’s not uncommon for patients undergoing chemo therapy to treat cancer to experience painful constipation. Massage increases the involuntary contractions to the muscles that move food along our intestines.  Massage can also increase colon activity.

It wouldn’t be difficult to go through the list from the beginning of the article and add a great deal more detail to what has been provided here.  There are so many medical benefits to massage.  There is no doubt in my mind that regular massage is a form of preventative medicine.

I am NOT a medical doctor.  I don’t pretend to be one.  I admire medical doctors and the discipline that they have exercised to obtain their title, but I do know what my skill-set provides, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of a community that provides so many benefits to so many people, and I’m eager to share with others what getting a massage can do.

If you’d like to know more about what I do, or what massage can do for you, I invite you to drop me a line or an email.  I can be called at (317) 623-8868 or feel free to reach me on my website (

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Can You Afford Massage?

I was sitting and talking to a friend of mine about my business.  In case anyone reading this wasn’t aware… things are tough out there.  I’m a firm believer in the power of manifestation.  There are books (The Secret) that teach the power of manifestation, there are local workshops at New Age shops in town that offer classes on occasion (New Age People is one of my favorites), there are Meetup groups where like-minded thinkers get together and discuss HOW to keep a positive outlook on things and create amazing manifestations …

Sorry, I got distracted:  we were discussing my business, and she asked me:  “how has the economy affected your business?”   I had to think a bit on this.  I’m going to be totally honest with you, because that is the only way to be authentic.  I’ve not worked at building my clientele up at a serious level until recently.  I cannot quite pinpoint the reason, but I didn’t, and now I am.  It feels “right” to me now.  It feels like now is the time to share my work and what I have to offer, so I cannot truly say the economy has hurt my business.  I cannot truly say the economy has negatively affected me.  I’m fortunate.

I started thinking about our conversation after we parted ways.  I don’t have children.  I don’t have a spouse that has lost his or her job and we’re trying to survive on half the income we once had.  I’m blessed in so very many ways.

I’m wholly aware of how the economy has touched the lives of others in my field.   I’m painfully aware of the fear that so many people are experiencing just in trying to cut back expenses and survive.  I had a serious conversation with myself over this.  I thought long and hard.  How can I, with a clear conscience, ask people to take a piece of their income and come to visit me for an hour or two?

Somewhere along the day, I got my answer.  How can I NOT ask people to come to me for a respite?

I sat down and started looking at some things.   We’ve all heard the statistics about the average family is 2.5 children and a dog.  The majority of families have both parents working outside the home.  Chances are, you (yes you), are feeling the stresses of having  a yard, a mortgage or rent, a car payment or two, and you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.

latte The average cost for a Grande (that’s medium for those not familiar with Starbucks-anese) latte is right at $4.00… or just shy.  This includes 320 yummy calories and 13 grams of delicious fat,  top that off with 39g of carbohydrates, and you have got a dream.  This could turn into a bad dream if you are the average Starbucks consumer and visit your local Starbucks on average six times per month.  (picture courtesy of

The cost of one hour of massage with me (a full 60 minutes of absolute bliss) is equivalent to fifteen lattes (4,800 calories).

I am a big fan of going to the movies. I love sitting in a dark theater getting lost in the illusion onscreen. The movieaverage cost of one ticket for a matinee in Indianapolis is $8.00 / ticket or $11.00 / ticket for after 6 pm.  This is excluding any concessions.  Just for the sake of argument, let’s say you and your significant other go to the movies to watch the latest heart pounding superhero movie on a Saturday afternoon.  The cost for the two of you to get in to the theater is $16.00.  Concessions are practically a necessity, and now they come neatly bundled so the customer can get popcorn and two drinks and save a few cents.  For the sake of argument, lets round the concessions to about $16.00 as well.  For the cost of almost three and a half movies (plus concessions) you and your spouse or partner can leave the stresses of your day to day lives for an hour, and the benefits will last far longer than the thrills of a movie when you share a couple’s massage.  The greatest part of the couples massage vs. a movie: sometimes movies are real stinkers.  I promise you my massage will not leave you with any feelings of regret.

stressHere is my “argument” in favor of setting aside a part of your budget for yourself, or better yet for you and your partner/spouse.  Stress takes a toll on the human body:

  • Stress weakens our immune system
  • Stress  causes our muscles to tense up
  • Stress can cause narrowing of the arteries which leads to damage to our cardiovascular systems
  • Stress can increase chances of developing problems within our endocrine system.
  • Stress can have an effect on our memories and ability to learn and retain information

Coffee and movies may give a quick jolt of caffeine and / or serotonin and leave you feeling a bit happier (for the moment), but massage does SO much more and the following bullet points just begin to scratch the surface:

  • Releases tensed muscles
  • Releases toxins
  • Relieves stress
  • Soothes anxiety and depression
  • Lowers blood pressure

puppySimply put, we don’t have time for stress, but often times, we cannot avoid it.  We can, however, fight it head on.  Give me a call, email me, or set up an appointment on my website and we’ll set up a time to work in a “mini vacation” that will put you in top shape to run the corporate rat-race, participate in the local PTA, or even manage a trip to Kings Island and return with a smile on your face.

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