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Massage Becomes and Important Wintertime Gift for You and Those You Love


On a cold winter day light a fire and enjoy a ...The holidays have so quickly come upon us as the temperatures dipped to below freezing and let us know we have major decisions to make:  be sure all the wood is in, change the furnace filters, keep certain cupboard doors ajar to avoid those freezing pipes, and plan our outings for holiday shopping when parking is available.

When winter arrives I am reminded so often of the importance of massage therapy to address the physical body needs that arise from putting in the wood (muscle strain), addressing freezing pipes (muscle strain and emotional strain), snow blowing ad nauseum with each storm (muscle strain and toxin overload from inhaling gas fumes), and the emotional worry that comes with winter, economic downturn, and personal struggles to maintain what we know, what we expect, and what is our reality (emotional strain and perhaps spiritual [what is it I am supposed to do mental strain]).

One of the best answers for all this strain comes in the form of receiving therapeutic massage.  First of all, massage helps a person to relax.  It smells good, feels good, and is warm and inviting with soft music.  Massage not only provides the benefit of relaxing tight and overworked muscles, tendons, ligaments, and all of its associated structures by relieving congestion and restrictions, but massage also helps the immune system to detoxify the normal cellular metabolism of muscle stress and strain  the release of toxin overload from external as well as internal (stress and perceived stress) accumulations.  Standing behind our snow blowers inhaling fumes challenges the body, especially the liver, to get rid of the mess. We may have to snow blow several times a week with the upcoming harsh winter that is predicted.  That will mean the development of toxic overload.  Toxins accumulate and come from many sources.  It becomes vitally important to find adequate ways to detoxify and massage is one of them.

When toxins accumulate in the body we may begin to feel sluggish, lethargic losing our normal level of energy, may lose our appetite, may overeat, may sleep more but fitfully, may become cranky for no reason, and may experience unspecified aches and pains and unnatural mood swings.

Massage helps the body rid itself of these accumulated toxins we must experience due to our weather and winter circumstances.  Knowing this healing service is available that is so important to health should allow each of us to consider our options:  feeling wretched as we try to overcome the trials of winter in the north country or go for a massage and feel great.  We have not only taken charge of all our chores, but we have also taken care of ourselves.

Now that is a great holiday present to give oneself.  Giving a gift certificate for massage with those you love who overuse their bodies too is another way to say I care for you and want you to be always on top of your game.  Massage therapy:  it does a body and mind the best of all that is good.

Krystle Shapiro, LMT, MSHN owns Touchstone Massage Therapies and Nutrition Plus!  She can be reached at (208) 290-6760

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