Making Massage a New Year's Resolution
You know the drill. Before the ball is finished descending in Times Square and the confetti has yet to hit the floor, most of us already have made our New Year's resolutions.
Every December, as we indulge in various holiday treats, we promise ourselves that once the New Year arrives, we will take better care of our bodies, minds and spirits. 3 out of 4 Americans claim this as their top resolution. It is by far the most common. But how many of you see it through?
The reasons behind these resolutions vary from person to person, but invariably, they are a reaction to the differing stresses that play such a major part in our daily lives. Job stress, family issues and a host of other outside factors provide the motivation to get in shape and learn to cope.
And according to a recent study, many Americans are making massage one of their top New Year's resolutions.
A telephone survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that a majority of Americans said they experienced more stress in 2015 than the previous year (56 percent), and that they are seeking new methods to deal with that increased stress methods such as massage therapy.
Three out of four Americans (75 percent) claim their New Year's resolution is to focus on taking better care of themselves and achieving a more complete work/life balance.
The study revealed that 76 percent of respondents believe relaxation is very important to health and wellness, with 73 percent of respondents rating massage as either extremely relaxing or very relaxing, compared to 51 percent who said exercise was extremely relaxing and 29 percent who opted for a glass of wine or a cocktail to relax.
Massage therapy is less being viewed as an indulgence, but as a significant component to an overall health and wellness regimen.
To that end, we are offering a special "buy 3 get 1 free", as a way to make bodywork as routine as a getting a haircut.
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