Wellness Pathway #108: Get a Regular Massage

People under estimate the therapeutic value of touching. Two things decrease dramatically with age: laughing and touching. Young children laugh about 300 times a day. Older adults laugh about 15 times a day. Infants can die from lack of touch. It’s that critical. And yet as we age, the amount of touching we experience — both giving and receiving — decreases in a similar order of magnitude. Who would not think to pick up, hold, stroke, rock, and pat a newborn baby? It’s instinctive. Unfortunately, we do not think to do that for each other as adults. Perhaps the sexual connotations and temptations interfere with our ability to give and receive touch.

One great and safe way to experience touching is to get a massage, at least twice a month. Licensed massage therapists (LMTs) are able to work the soft tissue in ways that stimulate circulation and promote relaxation. Such touching can soothe the nervous system, decrease blood pressure, increase the flow of blood and lymph, relieve swelling, eliminate metabolic byproducts, and aid in bone and tissue repair. It’s a great way to spend two hours a month. To find an LMT, ask your friends, your doctor, the people who work at your local health food store, or use the LMT locator service provided by the American Massage Therapy Association (http://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/locator.htm).

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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