I just got a hot stone massage on Sunday! Those are my favorite. I still feel great. I also had one after a week long road trip of Vegas and various national parks. After all the walking, hiking, and time sitting in a car, it was heaven!
I read years ago in Time that massage is very helpful for people with body image issues because being touched helps them to appreciate their own body more and realize that they're not so unatrractive that someone won't touch them.
If you don't have the money to go to a salon, find a massage school! You'll save a ton of money (in Philly it's like $35 for a student massage at the massage arts center's student clinic, and I got one at another school that I don't remember paying anything for) and feel good about being part of the learning process! Seriously though, you'll get a really good massage there.
Also, as a therapist on this board said, if it's not comfortable, speak up! I wound up with a slight burn (just a red mark that took a day to dissipate), but I can't blame the therapist because I didn't tell them the stone was too hot. They're massuses, not mind readers!
- 1/26/2010 10:42:07 AM