Mama’s rejoice and don’t skip your spa day. It has officially been scientifically proven that moms who get regular massages, pedicures and anything else that rubs on those sore tired muscles are kinder, happier people.
That’s right, according to Science, we would be a lot less prone to screaming into a pillow because the toddler flushed down 45 cotton balls if we just got a little rub down every now and then.
I mean, yeah we all KNEW that just from spending a day getting a seaweed scrub and a hot stone massage that our nerves would be less frazzled and we would be more likely to find our zen.
But, it turns out that there’s some actual reprogramming that goes on in your brain that actually makes you more kind, gives you more patience, and just ups your happy.
Did You Know?
Massages decrease cortisol ( stress hormones) and increase seratonin and dopamine. This basically means that every happy hormone you have is squished out during that sweet, smooth hot stone session giving you that all over feeling of Namaste.
So basically, a mother’s body is always in a state of stress. This is due to our work/life balance. It doesn’t matter if you are a full time stay at home mom, or you work a 50 hour per week job , if you are a mom you are always working to take care of your kids.
In doing so, your body never really gets a chance to reset for the “life” part of work/life balance. Sure there are moments of happy, but so many of them are centered on performance at work or how our children do, etc.
That’s why the massage time is SO important. You don’t have devices in your face, you don’t have children pulling on you and you don’t have work deadlines to meet.
So next time you are thinking about skipping that massage, DON’T. You need that spa day to make you a kinder person. It will not only make you happy, but because happiness is contagious, it will make everyone around you happy, too.