Juggling work and family is not for the faint of heart. Balancing to give both quality time needs careful time management and creativity. Yup, like many working mums, I look forward to Fridays too. It signals the coming of a 2-day break from toil. Don’t get me wrong; I love my role. I’m not complaining, but I do get tired! Being a mother, wife, and career woman at the same time take a lot of energy which could eventually result to stress. Hmm, no wonder twice as many women as men are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.
People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often feel so tired that they are unable to perform even half of their normal daily activities — and the feeling doesn’t go away, even with more rest. It may last a month, a couple of years, or many years. Sometimes symptoms may come and go.
One thing that I’ve learned from my massage sessions with Aura In-Home massage is that massage can be a perfect way to combat tiredness. A study by Field et al. (1997) examining the effect of massage therapy was conducted with participants suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Immediately following the massage session, the massage group had lower depression and anxiety scores and lower cortisol levels than the control group. Longer-term results found that the massage therapy group had lower depression, emotional distress and somatic symptom scores, experienced more hours of sleep, and had lower epinephrine and cortisol levels than the control group. By the way, as much as cortisol has a lot of beneficial functions in the body, it’s been termed “the stress hormone” because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, and is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body – just an FYI.
With my weekly sessions with Aura In-Home massage, I have noticed that I am more able to carry on my day-to-day routine all-week long. So, why don’t we make it a point to stretch and relax whenever we feel tired? That much-needed massage is not only something to pamper ourselves with, but it’s a much deserved reward for us too.