For Christmas, one of the Crankee Yankee’s gifts was not one, but TWO gift certificates for a relaxing massage! I “spent” one just the other day, and I feel renewed, refreshed, regenerated and rejuvenated.
Many people have the wrong ideas about massage; some still view it as something that “non-celebrity people” just don’t do. Others feel that massage therapists only want to work on “perfect” bodies (I actually heard someone say this), and not “regular” bodies. Others feel that that kind of self-gratification is just not for them; either they are uncomfortable about it or they feel that they don’t deserve it.
Let me tell you about my own experiences with massage. I have been privileged to have wonderful, skillful, empathetic and talented massage therapists work on me, and I have felt absolutely great afterwards. Massage does wonders for aching joints, arthritis, disease, sorrow, repressed feelings, and so much more. Massage therapists have extensive training, and often they will have had a background in physical therapy or are Reiki masters, and so on. They view bodies as a battleground to which they work to bring peace and comfort where there is pain and turmoil.
As we get older, many of things we’ve done in our youth come back to haunt us as pain and stiffness. I was a Tae Kwon Do and self-defense instructor for years, and only now do I realize the toll it took on my body. When teaching punches and kicks, you end up practicing them thousands of times, and your joints and tendons eventually let you know that they are not happy. So you end up with a lot of residual pain, and massage is a real blessing. It cannot heal the damage that has been done, but it soothes it to a point where your body and mind can let the pain go. In fact, after a massage, I generally have a great night’s sleep.
I’ve written about massage in this blog before, but after having that most welcome massage recently, it brought back all that is wonderful about it. Not only can massage soothe your mind and body, but I feel it sends messages to the soul: “it’s ok, you can relax now. All is well. Your sorrows and worries will not last forever, you will be able to have good sleep again, and you DO deserve this.”
This is just my two cents, but if you are on the fence about it, do give it a try. For me, it is comfort and peace when *the world is “too much with us.”
*”The World Is Too Much With Us,” by William Wordsworth: