During my fitness journey I have had a tendency to push myself during exercise and because of my impatience I probably pushed a bit more than what is recommended. I was on a roll and started seeing fantastic results and there was no way I was going to do what was recommended…rest! With this no rest attitude I needed to work some pain and soreness out. The foam roller and a weekly massage were two resources that assisted in my progress/recovery. The wiser and ahem..older me does now include rest into my routine :) .

Yes, I made the decision that there is no reason to feel guilty about getting a massage. Does it seem too self-indulgent? Actually, massage has many important health benefits.

Massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is part of your wellness routine.

*The Health Benefits of Massage:

- Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and well being.

- Massage reduces tension and anxiety.

- Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

- Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.

- Massage prevents and relieve muscles cramps and spasms.

- Massage therapy can also help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms.

There are many different types of massage. See 10 Most Popular Types Of Massage Therapy, my preferred type of massage is the Deep Tissue Massage or Sports Massage.

How are you feeling today? Maybe a massage is in your plans? :)

Stay Healthy and NEVER, NEVER give up on your journey!

*Source About.com