Relish winter with massage

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Here we are full-blown into winter and January, the coldest month of the year. How are you handling our snowy winter this year? Are you inside looking out or are you truly outside immersed in it?

Whatever your definition is for our snowy season, I hope you are enjoying it. I know the snowmobilers are loving it as well as those who ski and snowshoe. This year, we have an impressive base of snow, plus extra that allows us to savor it with our snow sport of choice.

As wonderful as all this snow is, the downside is, it needs to be shoveled, pushed or swept to somewhere else, so it doesn’t keep us from getting to the garage or to the car parked outside.

So, do you hire out your snow removal or are you the lone wolf on this project? The lone wolf, you say. OK, my question is, How is your body, specifically your muscles, holding up with moving the snow? Are they sore, achy? Do you have less movement (aka less range of motion) since the start of winter? Is there tightness in your shoulders, neck, back and arms? Or are you someone who gets to hire out your snow removal and, therefore, involved in your favorite winter activity?



So, you are loving all this snow and that’s awesome. I am sure you’re on an adrenalin high when you finish. How are your muscles feeling? Any tightness or soreness? Are you remembering to stretch when you’re done? If you zone in on stretching the muscles you used specifically, you will find you’ll be less sore over the next few days after your winter activities.

Whatever your activity outside in the snow, stretching after is always a great idea. It only takes you maybe 15 minutes to complete. Not only does it alleviate the soreness, it also helps improve your range of motion.

Now add to that, getting a massage. A complete win-win for your body. Massage, too, will help with decreasing muscle soreness and increasing your range of motion. It also helps your body detox and seals the deal on releasing muscle tension. Whether you get a massage once a week, every 2-3 weeks, or once a month, it can be the ticket to you feeling and moving better throughout your everyday life.

If you haven’t already done so, you might want to consider adding massage to your routine of life. When you do experience your first massage, your reaction might be one of, “Oh, why did I wait so long to do this?” No worries. Once you’ve had a good massage, it probably won’t be your last.

Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218-410-2144.

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