You’re like me. You’re a dedicated Medium reader & writer and you religiously follow the advice of all of the wonderful self-help, self-improvement geniuses within. Every day of your life is jammed packed with goals as you strive for financial success. Your brain continuously scream action commands: CREATE. WORK. WRITE. RUN. CRUNCH. COLLABORATE. PLANK. CODE. NEGOTIATE. HIKE. NURTURE. And your body dutifully obeys. At a cost.
Ever get so bone-tired you feel as if you’d break in two? I had a particularly grueling week this past week. Then, out of the blue, a thought flashed: “You need a massage!” And right there and then, I stopped the motion madness and sat down to find a masseuse.
I’ve been fooling myself for too long into thinking massages were just for the idle super-rich. Then I realized that an hour session with a masseuse costs far less than a 15 minute session with a physician trying to diagnose all your mysterious aches and pains. And never mind the ensuing prescription costs.
How to Find a Masseuse
Unless you’re lucky to get a masseuse recommendation, like me, you would have to resort to researching prospects. My first choice was to find a local Massage Therapy school near me, but it was too far. Trust me, you never want to have a massage than spend an hour battling hair-raising traffic.
My next search for a local branch of a famous massage chain was a shocking eye-opener. At least two of its masseurs were being sued for molesting its clients. Yikes…Next!
I then turned to YELP and chose the one with the best reviews and which fulfilled my following five criteria:
1. Professional Standards.
3. Same-Day Appointments.
4. Less than 15 minutes away from my home.
Every masseuse or masseur has her/his own way of practicing the art. The spa I choose was in the middle of a busy strip mall. Yet when I entered the premises, I was immediately enveloped into a vacuum of silence, clean fresh air and muted, barely perceptible relaxation music.
After I disrobed the masseuse came in to modestly wrap my body in a sheet. She began working my body in four intense quadrants with a variation of a Swedish massage. I say variation because she relied on me to dictate how much pressure I could tolerate.
It took a bit to unwind as my mind was at first churning around and around like a hamster on a running wheel. What I must do after this massage, who to contact, what to accomplish…. And then nothing. My mind went blessedly blank as I relaxed and allowed myself to feel each pulse, pull and wave of release as the masseuse gently but firmly manipulated my muscles. I cannot accurately describe the feeling, but it was like being whisked off to another planet. I’m floating on air.
Like an astronaut returning to earth from an outer space sojourn, I’m led to a tiny nook where I “de-pressurize.” I’m served green tea with a side plate of cantaloupe and orange slices. As I sit and munch I feel myself “de-levitate” in my chair. Sweet! And for the first time in a long time, I don’t reach for my iPhone. I could care less what was happening in the outside world. All that’s important to me was to enjoy the embrace of this massage’s afterglow.
Residual Effects of The Massage
I have found that it takes a day or so for me to really feel the benefits of a massage. Similar to when I first had acupuncture for pain, I got some immediate relief. But the real relief and release comes days later when my body’s energies shifts and resurges. Now, 2 days post-massage, my work pace is less frantic and more purposeful. Double Sweet!
So, my friend, if you never have a massage before, I urge you to try it just once. It’s not a substitute for seeing a physician if you’re in pain, of course. Think of a massage as a healing supplement: a gift for yourself.
Give your hardworking body and brain a much needed vacation: Get Thee A Massage!