The majority of people hold a lot of self loathing of themselves, why? We are constantly bombarded of what is to look perfect by external sources, media, magazines, movies, friends, family members and well let’s face it even Barbie – she is a little out of proportion.
Body Image is in the Mind
Our body image involves our perception, imagination, emotions and physical sensations of and about our body. When we stand in the mirror we forget to appreciate our beautiful vibrant bodily features instead we look in the mirror and disapprove of ourselves.
In Margo Mains Book “body wars” she teaches women to reclaim their bodies and offers ways to help women love their bodies.
Here are some examples:
- Affirm that your body is perfect just the way it is
- Think of your body as a tool. Create an inventory of the all the things you can do with it
- Walk with your head high with pride and confidence in yourself as a person, not a size.
- Create a list of people you admire who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Was their appearance important to their success or accomplishments?
- Don’t let your size keep you from doing things you enjoy
Research has been done and found that massage can greatly improve your feelings about your body. This is done by encouraging the body through rehabilitation, restoration and normalization of anatomic and physiologic function and ability.
Massage has a strong physiologic effect through the comfort and positive touch and a physical influence on a mental state. Massage has a strong link to improving mental health in general and body image in particular. Over the past ten years researches have managed to collect data to prove that regular massage can make a significant difference to how you feel.
Some of the following research is:
Female university students taking part in a controlled research relating to the effects of massage on body image reported feeling better about themselves and the bodies after receiving a massage. The control group (who did not receive a massage) showed no change in attitude. – Bridgewater State University U8H 2011
Post Menopausal women taking part in a research that examined the effects of massage on body image, waist circumference and abdominal fat. The women were split into 2 groups. One group receiving the aromatherapy massage and then using the same oils for self massage twice a day, showed significant changes across body image, waist circumference and abdominal fat. The other group having just one massage a week also indicated feeling better about themselves. – Wonkwang Health Science College, Korea 2007
Befriend you body combat negative body image because it can lead to depression, shyness and social anxiety and self consciousness in intimate relationships. To improve your body image incorporates Massage into your maintenance plan. Bring that feel good feeling to your body by having regular massages. Your health and body will thank you for it.
Try out self massage and focus on a problem areas, positive attention will help change the way you feel about your problem areas.
Teach children about positive body image, massage your infant, toddler, child or teenager (or teach your teenager self massage) it’s up to you to ensure the next generation won’t develop similar hang ups about their bodies.