I recently received a massage this past November on our campus by Star Wolfe, licensed massage therapist. What a difference just 15 minutes makes sitting in her chair. Ms. Wolfe has spent many years mastering the art of massage therapy. Each session she spends time talking about the importance of breathing, reducing stress, getting 8 hours or more of sleep, and any other special tips to live a healthy lifestyle. This past session she talked about Yerba Mate. Yerba Mate is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the South American rainforest holly tree. Yerba Mate has been used as a base for herbal medicines in South America for centuries. You can buy it in a form of a drink or supplements. I never know what the next topic of discussion will be but I do walk away with her knowledge and passion for taking care of your body.
As you sit in the massage chair with the lights dimmed, lavender oil in the air, and the soft music playing draws you into the moment. The pains of age and over-stressed muscles all cry out for the therapeutic hands to start their work. Once the session gets underway, the problems of the world fade into a 15-30 minutes of relief and all you can comprehend is not wanting it to end.
What if the 15-30 minutes of massage did more than just take away the pressures of the day? Massage is a healing tool that has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. Having a massage relaxes your body and mind. Massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you.
The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations (Body Sense, Fall 2001).
The benefits to receiving regular massage treatments include:
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs
- Relaxes overused muscles
- Reduces spasms and cramping
- Increases joint flexibility
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts, and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level
- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication
- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers
For more information about on campus massage therapy appointments you may contact our MVC liaison, Dianne Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about off campus massage therapy appointments you may contact Star Wolfe at email@example.com or call (972) 689-0253.
If you can’t take the 15-30 minutes out of your day for a massage then there are other resources you can take advantage of to de-stress on MVC’s campus: nature preserve hiking trail, outdoor walking track, free gym membership (with employee ID), and visiting with Dollie, MVC’s therapy dog, who visits our campus quite frequently. Whatever method you choose to relax in the workplace, you will appreciate the many benefits such opportunities provide.