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The Secret Benefits of Massage

The Easiest Way to Combat Stress & Fight Fat


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  • 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!
  • I loved reading everyone's opinions about massage. I too am a massage therapist(maybe we should start a team) and for those of you who feel self conscious rest assured that as a whole massage therapists are not a judgemental bunch. I for one believe massage is for every body. Schedule one asap as a treat for all your hard work to lose weight.
  • I keep on saying that I need to find a GOOD massage therapist. Haven't found one since moving to our new area about 6 years ago. I am hoping that somebody can recommend someone, but haven't received any feedback yet. I need to try harder, and make it a biweekly or monthly expirience. It makes you feel soooo good.
    yes, massage is good for you it releases toxins and helps shift stubborn areas! its reminding me to book up at my local spa,have a special offer at mo.
  • i am 100 pounds overweight so embarased to go but i really want to so i will put it down for reward at 40 pounds lost i am looking forward to that day
  • This is one of my most blissful moments. It helps when I'm stressed.
  • I will start having monthly massages!

    In the past, I had periodic massages and then the prices jumped from $50 per hour to $130 per hour. Now, since the recession, the prices are back down. And, now I know that my body will love me for it:)
  • When my husband passed away, my friends gave me coupons to get a massage every week for 2 months. I was so grateful! Massage is the best stress-reliever on earth!! I still treat myself to one every few months. Now we learn it helps take the wieght off. Life gets better and better!!
  • Finally justification to indulge in a massage! That's it. I'm calling Massage Envy to book this month!
  • I am so lucky -- the company where I work has had a massage therapist coming in once a week for the past 15 years. Needless to say, I've completely taken advantage of this great perk (it's not free and I use my lunch hour, but I don't have to travel!) every couple of weeks. It is the best thing I've ever done for myself -- I highly recommend it!
  • That's it, I'm booking a massage at the nearest spa! As a matter of fact, I'll call them right now :)
    I am all for this article. I am training to be a massage theapist and the benefits of massage are amazing for the body! People are starting to see massage as the wellness benefit it really always has been.
    Thanks for the awesome article!!
  • I knew it! You see - everyone who has been envious of my seasonal "job" as a willing participant as a "client" at Beauty Therapy Schools - I am only looking after my body and soul and preventing all manner of terrible things from manifesting themselves thru stress etc - I love it! The massages are pretty good too!
  • What a great idea. Pamper yourself and get health benefits. I love it!!
  • I remember "way back when" there were Movie Magazines, the forerunner of our gossip papers today. One of them did a spread of the top actresses and what they do to stay slim. Sophia Loren said she refuses to exercise but gets a massage 2-3 times a week, maybe more when working on a set, and in fact, travels with her own personal masseur. This has stuck in my mind; its been about 50 yrs since I read it! I have always wondered the how & why of a massage working to help keep the weight down. You have now solved it for me. (PS she also said she eats lots of pasta with vegetables and fruit).

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