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Why You Need a Massage This Holiday Season

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s just about here. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pause and reflect, to take time to be thankful for what we have, and be grateful for the people surrounding us. Thanksgiving is also the start of what many of us consider to be a fast-paced, and often stressful holiday season.  This time of year is all about giving, making other people’s holiday wishes come true. But what about you? What have you done for yourself lately? While you’re out in the mad rush of holiday shoppers, trying to get everything done on your list, it wouldn’t hurt to treat yourself. Not that you need a reason, but here are five really good reasons why YOU should get a massage this holiday season.

  1. Stress: This is the most stressful time of year for the average person. Your shopping list is miles long, your in-laws and extended family and friends are in town, and you’re out of time! Take just one hour and book a massage. Let your massage therapist help you to release your stress-fighting hormones while you forget about your to-do list, at least for a little while.
  1. Cold: When the temperature drops, muscles get tight. The warm loose muscles of the warmer months are gone. It’s now the time when you feel an achy back or sore knees. A massage can warm up those muscles and joints and help relieve your pain.
  1. You’re doing way too much: You’re carrying heavy bags, putting up lights, carrying boxes of decorations out of the attic or garage, cleaning your house, baking cookies, and wrapping presents. Your body isn’t used to standing while baking cookies for hours, or spending a day on a ladder putting up your lights. You’re going to get aches and pains, and massage therapy can help you recover faster.
  1. Shoveling snow: Even the most physically fit person is likely to get sore from shoveling snow. Practice the best body mechanics you can, and let a massage therapist take care of the rest.
  1. It’s not a luxury anymore: Massage is no longer considered a luxury. It is an effective treatment for many conditions. Prevent further injury by seeing a massage therapist.

Remember to take care of yourself this holiday season. If you don’t stay healthy, it will be difficult to enjoy the holidays and make many new memories with family and friends.

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