The holiday season is here once again, and while this year looks a little different for most of us due to the current pandemic restrictions, some things never change. Like the love and the charitable spirit the season inspires. But also, the stress and the need for stress relief.
Family gatherings and holiday parties, or the lack thereof. Hours of baking and cooking, or having no one to bake and cook for. Christmas decorating, clambering onto the rooftop, up and down ladders, stringing lights to brighten these dark days; It’s good for the soul, but hard on the body.
Whatever the cause of your stress and tension this festive season, massage can be an excellent solution.
It could be all the hours you’ve spent on the internet searching for that perfect gift, shoulders hunched, eyes focused on that backlit screen. Or it might be just the cumulative effect of the past year that has brought on tension headaches or migraines. Whatever started it, reflexology &/or acupressure could be the way to resolution.
Does it seem a little counterintuitive to massage the feet or hands when it’s your head that hurts? Yes, at first it might. But the art of reflexology, with it’s origins in China and Egypt, has endured for centuries because it works. A non-invasive, drug-free approach to pain management, reflexology works on the basis that all the different parts of the human body are connected, and that applying pressure at specific points on the body can trigger positive reactions in other areas. By improving circulation and opening neural pathways, reflexology can bring quick relief for headaches and has even helped to prevent recurrence for many.
You may have opted to do the bulk of your Christmas shopping online this year, only to find yourself standing in exceptionally long lines at he post office, waiting to send or pick up parcels. Though we probably won’t be doing a lot of entertaining this year, many of us will still spend a lot of time on our feet in the kitchen, baking and cooking. And even while we all feel the lack of gatherings and special events as part of our celebrations this year, those on the front lines, from fast food workers to medical professionals, are spending even longer days on their feet.
A professional foot massage may be just the thing to get you through the holidays. Massaging the feet is not only beneficial for stretching and relaxing the complicated joints, muscles and ligaments in your tired feet, it can also have positive effects throughout your entire body. Healthy feet are the foundation of healthy posture, which in turn results in proper alignment for your knees, hips, and spine, resulting in less pain for the whole body.
It can be hard to find time or space for yourself these days, with the kids out of school and everyone working from home. Maybe enjoying a latte with friends at your favorite coffee shop was your happy place in the past, but that’s not an option for now.
And while some may be relieved not to have to deal with the stress of family gatherings, most of us are just feeling the disappointment of not being together this year. We can carry that sadness as tension in our bodies, negatively affecting not just our muscles, but our entire nervous system.
A full body massage with oil can effectively ease pain and tension in the muscles, but studies have also shown it to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and a host of other related conditions by stimulating circulation and opening neural pathways to increase healthy nerve function through out the body.
With Covid-19 safety protocols in place, Easy Cozy Wellness in Abbotsford, British Columbia, would like to help bring some ‘peace & joy’ back into your holidays. Call to book an appointment today and let our highly skilled professional massage therapists work out the kinks and strains while you just do the relaxing for once. Or pick up a gift certificate, a thoughtful gift for someone special this Holiday Season.
Treat yourself, or someone you care about, to a professional massage this Christmas at Easy Cozy Wellness. Spread a little of that holiday spirit!
Easy Cozy focus on Acupressure (Body) Massage and Reflexology (Foot) Massage which are good for both males and females within any age range.