I have been getting massages for years. I do my best to try and keep them monthly....it's not as expensive if you know what to look for. The spa I go to (Essential Therapy in NYC...amazing!) constantly has promotions, $60 for an hour, $70 for an hour....and you can buy as many gift certificates as you like, at that discounted price, which are good for one year! Since their normal rate is $110/hr, it's a real bargain. You can also seek out massage schools in your area, as they tend to give a much lower rate. Some spas have packages, where if you buy a package of ten massages it's like paying for 9 and getting one free. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend massage therapy. I work in a stressful job, I am a worrier by nature, I was some form of structured athlete for 15 years, and for a while I was plauged with post traumatic stress after a horrible car accident. Massage therapy has helped me through all of that and kept me sane.
This is one of the things I learned first hang while I was in massage therapy school. We had to give massages and get massages throughout the whole program. Not only did i notice that I was loosing weight, but I wasn't nearly as self conscious about my body. I found mmyslef more relaxed even when major tests that would stop me form getting my license were comming up. Most of my classmates noticed in one way or antoher that I looked and felt differently. It is definaley worth adding into your normal scheudle even if it's only once a month... and no I'm not just saying that because I'm a LMT. I lived it!
I love massages! After reading this article, I now have another reason to get them.
11/25/2008 1:39:23 AM
Thank you for spreading the word about massage. I am a massage therapist and I feel like people don't believe in the benefits unless they read it somewhere. Massage brings great body awareness to a person receiving it so that they can tell where they might carry their tension and never know it. Talk about zapping your energy!
Been a Massage Therapist for many years now. Great article - thank you.
Yes - massage is good. AND remember not all states have regulations. Dont be afraid to ask the therapist how much training they have had. make sure your therapist carries his/her own liability insurance.
You- the client - is in charge of the session. Please - dont be afraid to speak up. The time is yours - any professional will be open to knowing what you like or dont like. If the pressure makes you want to hold your breath - its too much. We dont know what you are feeling and we do the best we can.
If you need a recomendation - message me and i can look up all over North America from the professional organization for massage therapists.
Ive never had a massage before. After reading this article, I really would like to. Im just really uncomfortable with someone Im not familiar with touching my body. Perhaps I should try to have to get over that.
8/6/2008 6:30:52 AM
In this part of Africa, Massage is not only means of relaxation, but also treatment for muscles and bones. I massage as often as possible.
Working as a Certifield Nurse's Aid, a massage is wonderful. It helps to relax and treat yourself. It is nice to have an oil or hotrock massage. I love to also pamper myself to feet and hand massages too. I need to get on the phone and call soooon........
Massage is wonderful and a great way to be in self care mode I share the gift of massage with my girls. Teaching them young that self care is a priority not a luxury that you put at the bottom of the list. Planning around your massage is good also. Plenty of water and if possible a quiet enviorment to embrace yourself when you come home.
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