Massage – Luxury or Necessity?

Posted: December 10, 2009 in Massage

Massage  – Luxury or Necessity seems to be a very common question or dilemma people seem to have when it comes to treating them selves with a massage.

So many of my clients have said, “Oh I wish I could get a massage more often, but I feel guilty for spending the money on such a luxury.”   I get so confused when they say that because they are actually doing something therapeutic and preventative for themselves.  Yes, massage can seem like a luxury – going to the spa, putting on the fluffy robe, sitting in the fancy waiting room, and then using all the amenities the spa has to offer.  But once you are in that room about to lay on the table and you tell your therapist, “Can you work on my neck, I can’t turn my head to the left” or “My back is so tight, I can’t bend over to tie my shoe”, your luxurious massage has now turned into a necessity.

Massage on a regular basis can help alleviate the sore muscles caused by the jobs that compress our spin by sitting for many hours a day at the computer, sitting in the crazy traffic on the freeway, the daily stresses that have our shoulders up next to our ears, or the mom who is carrying around the 30 pound child for many hours a day and her hips and shoulders are raised on one side.

Just think if you were to not get that Latte everyday you could save almost $150 a month – that is enough for 2 massages! Why not think on how you could cut something out of your daily spending to put towards something that will make you feel better and help prevent injuries. Or, make a massage fund for yourself – a jar that you through change in or a set amount a week, then cash it in at end of month for your massage and you will start to feel the benefits of getting massage on a regular basis.

Here are some reasons why massage is a Necessity and not a Luxury :

  • Helps relieve stress and aids in relaxation
  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Enhances athletic performance and improves posture
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Enhances the health and nourishment f the skin
  • Enhances the capacity for calm thinking & creativity

Hope this helps you not feel so guilty about treating yourself to something so beneficial for!

JC Health & Fitness


Cindy Rutland

  1. Maria Brophy says:

    You’re right-it is a necessity. Especially for active people who pull muscles or have sore muscles often. I like your idea of having a “massage fund” – that’s a great suggestion! I’ll start mine today!

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