Imagine resting on a warm bed in a quiet room, no work, no errands, no to-do lists, closing your eyes, taking a few deep breaths, preparing to let go of all the stress, strain, and pains of daily life, anticipating 60-90 minutes of relaxing, unwinding massage to begin. With that first touch, you have a sudden awareness of all the tension in your body – in the next moment a strong desire to let it all go – and with your next breath it has already begun melting away.

            Touch is an extremely powerful form of therapy; a form of connection to others and a gateway into yourself. Therapeutic massage ranges from light touch, energetic work to deep tissue manipulation.  The body is a fascinating composition that can be our best friend or worst enemy when not treated well; muscles hold tension from physical and mental stressors and can develop unrelenting trigger points. Even gentler massage modalities stimulate the nervous system and remind our bodies that we do care. The relaxation of a massage combined with nervous and muscle stimulation encourages the body to return to normal functioning.

            The benefits are endless; relieving mental stress alone has exponential results, especially combined with improved circulation, lymph drainage, and joint flexibility, faster muscle recovery, increased energy, and other somatic and emotional results.

            The next time you feel the stress, aches and pains adding up – or preventatively before they begin – treat yourself – and your body, that works so hard for you – to a massage. It’s not just an indulgence; it’s a legitimate step to becoming the most healthy that you can be.

Denise is a graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage.  She is trained in various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cranial Sacral, Reflexology, Sports, Shiatsu, and Trigger Point therapies. Denise strives to incorporate all of her training and experience into a thorough massage catered to each client’s needs. Denise is currently accepting new clients at Awaken Wellness and looks forward to being a part of your wellness journey.