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Mother’s Day Massage: A How To Guide


So, as a mom, you worry and you multi-task (whether you like it or not). You work - very hard. You are ALWAYS on call. You cook, clean, tend to the wounded… etc., and you only get one measly 24 hour day out of the whole year to get appreciated for it.

Lucky for you someone thought of giving you a massage to mark the occasion and to say, “Thanks. We love you, mom!” The problem is that as a mom, you've probably forgotten all about how to “shut off” your mommy response. So I've devised a few ideas and a plan for you to get the most out of your day and your special gift.

Take time to be nurtured
Remember: this is YOUR time. Whether it's therapeutic massage, reflexology, hot stone massage or something else, you can expect relief from tension and pain. But even more important, your bodywork session can be a nurturing and much needed “time out” just for you. Take this opportunity (for once) to do absolutely nothing! Relish your “me” time by following these two simple steps toward making the most of your gift.

  1. Let the people in your life (spouse, kids, extended family) know that you need their support while taking time from your responsibilities. For example, child care may need to be covered or someone may need to be in charge of dinner, etc. 
  2. Don’t immediately rush back into your routine! Make sure you have a little extra time afterward to take it easy (see number one above). Don't rush off to pick up kids or start dinner! Take a walk, enjoy a tea or coffee at your favorite shop, or lie down for a few minutes once you get home. If that turns into a nap, so much the better. ;-)

The bodywork experience supports your mental and physical health and, in a very real way, extends to the well-being of your whole family. To make the most of your gift, remember to ask for support to let go of your responsibilities even for just a few hours. The time will really be worth the benefit.

As always – Enjoy Your Life.

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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