Clients come into my massage clinic with their minds buzzing with thoughts from their busy lives. Prioritizing time to take care of your body is an important first step, the next level is to slow the mind down and allow the nervous system to relax and rejuvenate. There is fascinating new research highlighting the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, we can alter the nervous system connections to our brain! Other benefits include decreasing blood pressure and heart rate, improving immune function, and improving emotional health. During massage therapy treatments I often cue my clients to tune into their breath and guide them through a few simple body awareness exercises.This taps into the potential of mindfulness while receiving a massage. I would recommend giving meditation a try and see how you feel, even a couple of minutes a day can be beneficial!