All this week we’ve been doing a series on health, since it’s such an important prerequisite for success and prosperity. Today I was going to talk about structural alignment. But on reflection, I think it would make more sense to explore the benefits of massage first and then hit structure on the next post.
Pretty much everyone appreciates a massage, but it’s shocking how few people actually get regular massage treatments from a professional masseur. And if you’re not, you’re missing out on something that can help your health and wellness (and thus your prosperity) a great deal.
Yes, massages feel great and they’re very relaxing. Massage can help your disposition and reduce stress, certainly a health benefit in itself. But it offers much, much more…
Massage can help you sleep better, benefit your digestion, and improve your circulation. Increased circulation allows your body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This also helps stimulate the flow of your lymph system, your body's natural defense system against toxic invaders. This increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of your skin as well.
A good massage will relax injured and overused muscles, reduce spasms and cramping, and increase your flexibility. It can speed up recovery time from injuries, and ease pain. This can decrease your need for medication. Some methods such as Thai massage can provide exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles if you have restricted range of motion.
If everyone in the world got a massage every week – there would be no war!
Personally I like to mix up massage styles, and because I’m always at a resort somewhere, I can do Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, Native America Head Massage (which was fascinating), hot stone, and reflexology (which probably deserves its own post). Usually though my mainstays are deep tissue and Thai. If you live in South Florida, I have two amazing guys I use:
For Thai massage I discovered Pure Energy Massage a while back. Thai massage does a great deal of stretching and that really helps after strenuous athletic workouts. And he's great; a wonderful guy and very intuitive. His website is: http://www.pure-energy-massage.com/
Here is South Beach, David Salih is amazing. I discovered him doing chair massages at Whole Foods about 15 years ago and been a client ever since. He’s done a lot of self-development and is an amazing musician, so he brings a wonderful energy into the equation. He specializes in deep tissue, but has more recently integrated some Thai techniques as well. Find him at http://davidsalih.com/
I have another amazing Thai massage guy in Sydney, but alas, have his card in my apartment there, so can’t give you the details now. But I will say that the Thai massage place on Oxford Street, up about four blocks from the park, just down from Flinders always has great body workers. Normally I like guys because after softball tournaments or 15-hour flights I’m looking for stronger pressure. But the Asians seem to have better training, so even the ladies there are strong enough to work out deep knots. They’ll even walk on your back if they have to.
So do you have an amazing massage therapist where you live? Please share their info below. And next post we’ll really get to structural integration.