I've been running my tootsies like mad to keep up with my massage practice and aromatherapy study, and for the past 2 weeks I've neglected -- you guessed it -- regular strenuous exercise, aka the gym. Last night Coach Antonio put me through the paces with a killer finisher ("tailpiping" -- don't ask). Today I feel like a truck hit me. Not that I haven't worked that hard before. It's just that I haven't kept it up for the past couple of weeks. A lesson learned.
This also made me think about the consistency of massage. In the course of a session, we are able to warm up the tissue and work through increasingly deep areas of concern, adhesions, etc. Think of the changes that can be brought about through regular, consistent massage! I'm coming to believe that I can accomplish more with a client through 5 weekly treatments and then a long break than I could over the course of 5 monthly massages. Of course, I have not put this into a study (yet), but it does make one think.
Consistency: one of the most difficult, yet powerful, things in life.