I was always told as a kid that routine maintenance was the key to making a car run forever. All that little stuff like oil changes and new batteries kept that aren’t an emergency, but lead to major problems if they are not done routinely. Your body functions the exact same way. If you do the little things that aren’t emergencies you’ll be sure to avoid the major problems later. If you eat healthy every day and exercise 2 or 3 times per week, you simply don’t have to worry about being overweight, developing diabetes or having a heart attack.

Massage is a great addition to the general maintenance you use on your body. With monthly visits to a massage therapist, you drastically reduce your chances of developing an injury that will require expensive and unpleasant doctor visits. A skilled massage therapist can find areas that may not be giving you trouble now, but are likely to lead to problems later. By treating them before they become major issues, you are sure to feel better for the long run.

Of course the massage itself is pleasurable as well, which can’t always be said about injury rehab. We could all use a little more relaxation and self care. I know I felt the best I ever have when I was receiving daily massages in massage school. Obviously that is unrealistic for most of us, but like most things the Pareto principle applies. 80% of the benefits probably came from 20% of the work. Monthly or weekly massages would take care of the majority of problems.

If you are able to, I highly recommend at least monthly massages as part of your on going health program. If you see your doctor once a year, your dentist twice, your massage therapist monthly, exercise weekly, and eat well daily, I’d put money on you staying healthy and living a full life for many years to come.

Whether it is me or anyone else, add massage to your normal routine. The money is well worth it.