I read an amazing little blog today about being "low maintenance" and the virtues of what really matters in our lives.
It got me thinking about being high maintenance and why we create that cycle in our lives. My day is too full of work, worry, caring for others, and my hair too crazy and time consuming to tame. My nails are kept short because of what I do. Clothes and makeup just aren't as fun as it was at 16. A high maintenance lifestyle is not for me.
As a self described low maintenance woman, there is one exception, massage. I try and be diligent when it comes to my self care. Not because of the reasons you'd think. Its not about being pampered or getting the royal treatment at the Spa. My connection to massage was formed when I was pregnant with my son 22 years ago and started receiving massage. It was a life saving, course altering event my life.
Massage for me is a way of life. I know that it makes my life better. We can all hear the facts being listed to the benefits for stress reduction and dealing with life's little aches and pains. That said, the true benefit for me is that it helps me stay connected with my body. Letting me know when I have worked too much or stressed too much and even when I have taken it too easy for too long.
Sometimes the conversations with my body are full on screaming matches, other times its a quiet conversation with gentle reminders of daily affirmations. These conversations get me to do a little more yoga, walk a little more, eat a little better. Its all good.
Massage enhances all the systems in the body and helps you quietly achieve that high maintenance lifestyle without the time consuming, money sucking mall shopping, shoe mongering, hair products, makeup, spa days, tanning salons... You get the picture.
Do something for yourself and start a love affair with massage. Your body, mind and soul will thank you
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Author Michelle Moody
I lead a happy little life, where my mission is to spread love, empathy and healing through massage.