Caring for yourself between appointments extends the benefits of your massage and enables each massage session to build on the last. We’ll give you simple instructions to integrate into your day that will make you more aware of your posture, involve you in your treatment, and help you better communicate issues with us. Some steps can be as simple as making sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day, creating a massage treatment plan to maintain your progress, or stretches to alleviate restrictions and increase range of motion. We may ask you to pay attention to posture during certain activities to help assess pain-causing patterns, which can speed up your treatment, and help sustain a pain-free body after treatment. Learn more about why preventative massage is more effective than periodic massage.
Self-care goes beyond receiving massage and bodywork. Exercise, meditation, and healthy eating are all forms of self care, and need continuous attention to keep your mind, body, and spirit strong. Keep working on your healthy habits to feel your best every day!
Here are some ideas to help you get started, or to help you re-commit to your goals:
- Sign up for a trial period on a workout site, find new trainers on YouTube and Facebook who often give free advice and workouts, or download a running app to step up your exercise game. Challenging your friends can help keep everyone accountable and motivated.
- Try yoga or coloring to allow your mind to unwind from a long day. There are many yoga flows available on YouTube for the morning, before bed, and to help specific discomforts. Guided meditations focus and quiet the mind, there are many on YouTube and iTunes to choose from. Coloring books can be bought at most superstores or craft stores, plus there are numerous free printable options online.
- Your diet should give you energy for your day. If you’re regularly lethargic, you may want to look at what you’re eating and make some changes. A good way to track this is to keep a log of what you eat and how you feel each day - you can find many examples and templates online. As you start to recognize patterns, you can add more good stuff, and weed out the bad. If you’re struggling, consider scheduling an appointment with a nutritionist. Nutritionists are specialized in helping you find what makes you feel crummy and what will help you feel your best. They can even set up meal plans to help you stay on track.
- Talk about massage treatment with your Niasoma therapist. They will create a tailored plan with you, and keep you on track to achieve your bodywork goals. Your plan will include how often to schedule your sessions, advice on how you can be active in your recovery, and how often you’ll check in on your progress. We’re trained to discover root causes of musculoskeletal issues, correct them, and prevent them from coming back. Investing in regular bodywork, and regular self-care will help you live and work pain free for as many years as you continue care.
New health routines can seem like quite the undertaking, but it doesn’t need to feel overwhelming. Choose one goal at a time, and make that goal specific - How many times a week are you going to meditate or practice yoga? How many hours/days a week are you going to exercise? Avoid generic statements like “lose weight” “eat healthier”, which make it difficult to know when you’ve arrived at your goal. Set deadlines to check in with yourself, but be flexible if you miss a deadline. Instead of beating yourself up, focus on improvement and promise yourself that you’ll do better next time. Use a calendar to monitor your progress and describe how your new routines make you feel to keep yourself motivated, and soon you’ll be living a life full of great habits!