What Happened After I Added A Massager To My Health & Wellness Routine
Take a good look around you - can you differentiate between people who have a wellness routine versus people who hit snooze a couple of million times before eventually getting up to brush their teeth and make their way to work? Odds are you probably can. However, the question arises, what does a morning routine even encompass?
To put it simply, a wellness routine is a set of ritualistic habits undertaken every day to improve one’s health. It varies from one person to the next and is based upon what works best for them and their bodies. Today, I’ll be letting you in on one habit that can change your entire wellness routine - back massagers.
You could probably tell the difference between someone who follows a wellness routine and someone who doesn't base on their general demeanor, but it actually goes much deeper than that. For example; someone who has a back massage at least once a day will reduce his risk of having heart disease, diabetes, myalgia, and so forth. How do I know? Because I added a massager to my daily routine and it completely revolutionized the way I went through the day.
Before we move onto why you need to incorporate back massagers in your daily routine, let's go over some facts. A massage is a process whereby your skin, muscles, and tendons are manipulated (by rubbing, pressing, etc) to increase blood flow and reduce stress. About stress, a massage is a proven method of reducing cortisol (stress hormone) levels in your body.
Massages aren't inventions of the modern world. The process of varying pressure to reduce muscle soreness and tension dates back to the times of the Ancient Chinese (or maybe even further back). From the use of oils, coals, and many other therapeutic practices, we've established seven leading types; back, neck, full-body, chair, tens, percussion, handheld.
Why Did I Feel The Need To Add A Massager To My Routine?
We’re all familiar with the concept of how a sedentary lifestyle is potentially lethal for you. We’re also familiar with how we need to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Yet it’s easier to preach than it is to practice. At least that’s how it used to be with me.
I work long hours in probably the most stressful job on the planet. You guessed it: retail. My job has me on my feet eight hours a day tending to customers, carrying boxes, stocking shelves, and the works. I used to go to bed feeling like my body was begging me to stop moving and I woke up feeling just as sore.
I thought, ‘well, that’s retail for you,’ but the answer was in front of me the entire time. You can probably relate to the feeling of wanting a massage each time your muscles feel sore, but how many times have you actually gotten up to get that back massage? After maybe the hundredth time I said to myself, ‘I need a massage,’ I actually got up and got a back massage.
The results? My body doesn’t hate me anymore. I can work the same hours with more energy and better performance. It’s been revolutionary and that’s why we’re here today - for me to tell you that you probably need one as much as I did!
The Benefits of Massagers
There are seven leading types of massages available today; back, neck, full-body, chair, tens, percussion, and handheld. Here are the benefits of each one:
Back Massagers: Upper and lower back massages concentrate on alleviating spinal problems, such as pain, posture, and tension. These massages are preferred in reducing post-surgery myalgia and improving blood circulation. If you have acute pain in your upper or lower back (a common complaint of sitting for long hours a day) a back massager is what you need.
Neck Massagers: Neck massages target the sternocleidomastoid, scalene, and trapezius muscles to relieve acute pain and soreness. The massages increase mobility in the neck and shoulder region and decrease tension. It also limits the release of cortisol and other stress hormones.
Full body Massagers: A full body massage has it all - it targets every point of your body as either a Swedish, deep, trigger point or sports massage. These massages improve circulation, improves skin tone, relieve tension, reduces cortisol, and increases mobility.
Chair Massagers: Similar to a full body massage, a chair massage targets the upper body using the same techniques. A chair massage has the added benefits of relieving muscle soreness and tension that's built up in muscles due to a sedentary lifestyle. With better and deeper sleep, improved athleticism, improved moods, and decreasing immune disorders a chair massage is one of the most preferred types of massages.
Tens Massagers: Tens massages employ the use of electrical induction to relieve the body of more severe pain, predominantly menstrual cramps and labor pain. The technique is used to alleviate several chronic pain conditions, such as; joint pain, neck pain, and back pain.
Percussion Massagers: Percussion massages are intense massages in which there are varying levels of high-intensity pressure applied to the body to alleviate pain. This sort of massage doesn't have a great reputation because it is known to hurt. However, percussion massages are great for long-standing backaches, shoulder pains, and so on.
Handheld Massagers: Hand-held massages are gentle massages where light pressure is softly applied to different parts of the body. The pressure never crosses above a specific threshold and it is meant to be as relaxing as possible after a long day’s work.
And there you have it, all the reasons why you need to incorporate a massage in your daily wellness routine to improve your health. I’m trying to lead by example. Trust me, it worked wonders for me and I know it’ll do just the same for you!