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  • Dani Oliver, LMT

How Can Massage Therapy Help Me?

You may be wondering how massage therapy can make a difference in your life.

For many of us, we are so busy in our day-to-day lives, always attending to our responsibilities, running from thing to thing, and perhaps spending much of our time caring for those we love.

We have the tendency to put our own needs for rest and relaxation on the back burner, waiting until our bodies and minds are at full capacity before recognizing that we are burned out, exhausted and in pain.

Taking time for ourselves can look different for different people. For some, it may be spending time in nature, going for a walk, or talking with a good friend. For others, it may be resting and taking a nap, or watching a favorite TV show or movie. It may look like eating our favorite comfort food, or sharing a meal with loved ones.

Caring for ourselves may also include enlisting the help of a professional. We may seek out mental health therapy to work through our emotions. We may seek the support of a dietician, to support our relationship with food and eating. We may also turn to somatic support, help for our physical body.

We may choose several or all of these things (and others not listed) to find the proper combination of tools to tend to our well-being. This is truly individual, and one size does not fit all.

Massage therapy is one way we might choose to take care of ourselves. Research shows that massage therapy can help promote relaxation and feelings of reduced stress. Massage can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Massage therapy can help us feel more in touch and connected with our bodies. Massage therapy can also offer temporary reduction of pain.

Working with a massage therapist who specializes in massage that focuses on nervous system support and centering your own personal experience can help facilitate these benefits. Feeling supported, listened to and respected goes a long way in getting the most out of your massage.

It is important to share with your massage therapist your personal preferences and requests, and likewise, that your massage therapist listens to and respects your choices. You may want to keep some of your clothes on during the session. You may prefer a certain type of music, or no music at all. You may prefer that your massage therapist doesn’t chat with you during your massage, or, a little conversation may help you feel more relaxed. You may wish to include energy work in your massage session, or you may not. You are always permitted choice and preference during your massage session!

You may also change your mind at any time about a choice you have previously made. This is all allowed and encouraged during your massage. Your comfort is of utmost importance. This can be the difference between a ‘good’ massage and a ‘fantastic’ experience. Working with a massage therapist to curate your massage can help you get the most out of the benefits of massage therapy.

I would be honored to be a part of your self-care plan when it comes to somatic support.

Feel free to reach out if you have questions about therapeutic relaxation massage, or are curious if we would be a good fit. I would love to chat and learn more about you and how I can support you in taking care of yourself.

With kindness,

Dani Oliver, LMT

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