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Massage Therapy is Not a Luxury

Every year in July, Everybody Deserves a Massage week is recognized. Typically the second week after July 4th, this day promotes the benefits of massage. There’s also a focus on increasing the awareness of massage therapy.

Admittedly, for many years I looked at massage as an opulent treat that wasn’t for me. That all changed as I became older and wiser. Now I realize that massages have so many benefits.

Is massage therapy a part of your self-care plan? Or have you also looked at massage as a luxury?

If you have been looking at massage from the luxury lens, you definitely want to keep reading! Massage Therapist, Araina Linton, helps professionals ease pain, stress and get back to what they love. She’s sharing her wisdom and explaining why massage therapy is NOT a luxury.

woman receiving hand massage for stress relief

I’ve been a massage therapist for nearly a decade specializing in pain and stress management.  And throughout the years, I’ve heard countless people say massage is a “treat” or a luxury that they only indulge in once in a while.

Let’s talk about this for a minute. Yes, massage feels amazing, yes, but it’s so much more than that.



You know massage is relaxing but did you also know that there have been hundreds of clinical studies about the health benefits of massage therapy?

  • Relieve muscle tightness and tension
  • Improve flexibility
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Decrease your recovery time for injuries and workouts
  • Relieve tension headaches and migraines
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress by lowering the stress hormones in your body

Massage therapy has been proven to:

Strengthen your immune system and prevent illnesses

Did you know that stress is linked to various illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and digestive issues?Managing your stress with massage can be another way you stay healthy.

Heal your pain

Through my work with people with chronic pain, I’ve seen massage reduce and alleviate pain so that they can get back to doing the things they love.

Pain can negatively affect your life in unpredictable ways. It can change the way you talk to yourself and trigger depression. It can put strains on your relationships with others and can limit your ability to make a living.

Add massage to your self-care plan

Regular massage sessions can help you manage your pain and stress and act as a tool to help you be your best self. Having a healthy body and a mind at ease is not a luxury, so self-care practices like massage shouldn’t be either.

Thanks to Araina’s nuggets, I have a better understanding of why we all deserve massages. So, are you ready for a massage? I know I am!

Araina Layton Massage Therapist and  Owner of Massage Artistry
Araina Linton, Owner of @MassageArtisty, www.MassageArtistryNYC.com

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As I’ve worked on filling my cup, I’ve realized that many women around me are struggling with self-care too. During conversations with the women in my circles I realized that self-care isn’t always about the fun stuff like pampering and vacations.

My hope is that you’ll take time to renew yourself by practicing 5 types of self-care: spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social.

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