“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Is this cliché still relevant today? Although the present fast-paced and ever evolving digital age brings much benefits and supposedly raises our standard of living, it does not present a bed of roses without accompanying costs such as stress, which I doubt consumption of an apple a day would bring the much needed relief.
No matter how well concealed or managed, stress rears its ugly head when it affects our overall health and quality of life. Telltale symptoms include headaches, neck and shoulder pain, anxiety, depression, restlessness, insomnia, digestive problems and the list goes on. Constant staring at the computer screen and digital devices also causes eye strain and headaches while deskbound jobs often lead to postural stress that usually affect the neck and shoulder. Spas and massage parlors have thrived in recent years as a result of the high demand for stress relief therapies.
People relieve stress differently, be it through smoking, alcohol, or healthier choices such as recreation and regular fitness regimes. Among these, massage therapy is probably the most popular to those who can afford it, what with its ability to ease pains and aches through improved blood circulation. Other benefits include lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, improving vitality and state of mind, and increasing the production of endorphins – our body’s “feel good” chemical which dispels anxiety and promotes a sense of calmness and relaxation that can last as long as several days after the massage session. These days, people on a budget can also enjoy alternative sources of massage therapy that are easier on the wallet compared to a visit to the spa or massage parlors. Many products have emerged that allow people to enjoy massages at their convenience without burning a hole in their pockets, such as electrical massage pillows, massage shawls/belts and eye massagers. Many of these massagers incorporate multiple massage methods such as kneading and pounding at varying levels of intensity, as well as utilize infrared heat compression to improve blood circulation and soothe sore muscles. Flourishing e-commerce marketplaces are now offering these portable and multi-functional massagers at rock-bottom prices such that these items have now become common household necessities and car accessories.
Thanks to innovation and e-commerce, even ordinary working folks can also enjoy this simple luxury of massage therapy anytime and anywhere at an affordable price.