My New Year’s resolution this year is to put myself first!

What does this mean, exactly?  I am sure we have all heard this catchphrase before, but does anyone really know what it means? Does it mean I should cut-off people in traffic because my time is more valuable than theirs?

I think what prevents me from the idea of putting myself first is the notion that it’s selfish and uncaring.  I am starting to realize that the opposite is true.  Because it’s not possible for me to consistently be caring and compassionate to others unless I extend those feelings to myself.

When my own needs have been met, it is automatic for me to want to help the needs of others, and only then can I do this with more energy and much less sense of burden.

THE JOURNEY… FIRST STEP

As I was driving home from the mall the other day, I saw my sign. I mean a real sign, not just a metaphorical one.  It was a logo sign for Massage Experts. It was lite-up and calling my name. A massage was long-overdue, and just what I both needed and deserved! Why not?

I went in before I had a chance to talk myself out of it.  What followed, was an hour of pure bliss and relaxation.  I think I actually transcended into a whole other state of consciousness.

Let me say I came out of there with a totally different appreciation of massage therapy.  I have come to realize it is a necessity for my wellbeing and spiritual growth.  The benefits radiate outwardly.  I found myself smiling without even realizing it.  My mood just lightened automatically.  Suddenly, I noticed that people were smiling back at me.  I felt relaxed and energized all at the same time. I understood the concept of mindfulness, which had perplexed me for far too long! It was time to take care of me!

BENEFITS OF MESSAGE THERAPY

I am a skeptic by nature, so I really wanted to know if there was any scientific research that validated how I was feeling.   Therefore, I asked my good friend Google, “what are the benefits of massage therapy?” It turns out there are more benefits to massage then I even knew about;

  • Increases relaxation (I definitely got my zen on)
  • Decreases stress and anxiety (such a win)
  • Relieves pain
  • Promotes circulation and relieves muscle tension
  • Nourishes the skin (this one was a surprise)
  • Promotes joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Assists respiration
  • Promotes awareness and the mind-body connection
  • Helps with psychosocial symptoms
  • Provides a pleasant, caring and nurturing touch

MY TAKE-AWAY

I have learned that in order to make changes in my life I must make a decision to do something new. I must practice this new thing consistently until it becomes a habit.

My first step: I am making a commitment to go to Massage Experts once-a-month!

Why not start off your New Year by making the same commitment for yourself? Your body, mind, and soul will thank you!

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