2 Your Health: Body Awareness and Massage

Heidi Overman, Licensed Massage Therapist #MT-24997

Body awareness. It is so important to know when there is something going on with your body. Healthline.com defines body awareness as how conscious and connected you are to your own body. It’s also known as kinesthesia, or the awareness of the position and movement of body parts in relation to muscles and joints. In short, it’s how you recognize where your body is in space.

I have so many clients who will make comments to me, such as: “I had no idea that my muscles were so tight. I wasn’t in pain.” Or “I don’t understand that my friends say they don’t have any issues or pain. They are so lucky. What are they doing?”

Well, many times, we are not aware of what’s actually going on with our bodies. Waiting to be in pain for us to know there’s a problem, is not necessarily a good way to gauge what’s happening in our bodies. Especially after we retire.

Regular massage is a great way to find out what’s really happening with your muscles.

People are creatures of habit. We get up, get ready for our day, do our same stretches, our same exercises, and go to our same jobs, doing the same body movements over and over and over. By doing this, we are setting patterns in our muscles. Our body doesn’t hurt, because it is always in a familiar pattern.

Until. Until you quickly reach a certain way, to stop yourself from a fall and pull your shoulder, or until you twist a certain way and throw your back out. Until you do fall, and your muscles are pulled in directions outside that comfort zone.

Our jobs as massage therapists are to keep your muscles flexible and your range of motion adaptable and limber. We lengthen muscle fibers and perform stretches, helping you to become more body aware and helping you prevent pain and injury.

Don’t wait until you are in pain, to find out if your muscles are set in their action patterns. Quality of life is so important, and preventive massage is a way to keep yourself healthy and moving!

If you are interested in a therapeutic massage, please call me for an appointment at 520-771-1514. My website is www.transformwellnessplus.com and I’m located at Transform Wellness+ at 15920 N Oracle Rd., Ste. 170 Tucson, AZ 85739 (across from the Golden Goose Thrift Shop).