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Bonus, Necessity, or Waste of Money?

Recently, I’ve found myself stressed and unable to sleep. Every now and then, I get bouts of insomnia that seriously wreck my mind and body, which I absolutely loathe. Most of the time, my body just twinges in the pain depart but sometimes – like now – the pain just becomes so unbearable that I try to do everything in my power to go back to feeling normal.

This is where the massage comes in.

I went to a massage-focused place last night (note: not a spa that offers more than what is needed for muscle therapy) and paid $49 for a one-hour massage. Personally, I find this to be an incredible deal but that may be due to the fact that I’ve only ever went to day spas where the cheapest massage (and most simplistic one) was $95.

I digress.

After the massage was done (and it helped, really, but my back is terrible at the moment), I asked about the membership. Basically, at Massage Envy, a member pays $60 a month (auto-payment on a credit card) for a one-hour massage. If a massage isn’t used, it automatically rolls over to the next month. There are also discounts if a member wants a second (or third, or fourth, etc) massage within a month. Like I said, that’s a great deal to me.

But my mom thought it was still so much money to commit to. That got me wondering… How many people believe that a massage is a luxury, something that can only be done at the rarest times? How many people don’t even bother with it because they believe it doesn’t do anything for the body and it’s just frivolous spending? How many people out there find it to be a necessity, that the moment they don’t have a massage in a regularly scheduled time frame is the beginning of a once-again deteriorating body?

While I don’t always find it a necessity, I do actually believe that it helps keep the body in a relaxed state, especially when done at regular intervals. After all, aren’t most things done in such a manner helping in some way? Going to the gym consistently helps keep up stamina and helps maintain an athletic regimen. Having a manicure or pedicure (or doing them yourself) every two weeks helps nails stay strong and healthy. Haircuts every six weeks gets rid of dead ends and helps lock in nutrients for hair to stay healthy.

There’s a pattern happening here.

Despite that, I do think it’s a type of luxury but one that should be at the top of the list of “Things I Don’t Need But Should Have Every Now and Then.”



6 responses to “Bonus, Necessity, or Waste of Money?

  1. Pam 21 January 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Omg, Mary – you are dead on!

    Going to school to learn about non-allopathic healthcare, I have had the chance to learn about how much therapy outside the mainstream has to offer. Now, I’m not studying to become a massage therapist, but some of the basic principles of chiropractic apply across the board in holistic care – such as the body is self-healing…but sometimes it needs a little help. Stress is a powerful thing, it has the power to effect so many systems in your body. And it manifests itself in the body in many different ways – I get to deal with some and massage therapy deals with others, and there are other disciplines that deal with still others – including medical doctors, when appropriate. We all have our place, as long as the environment we’re in is throwing stressors at us – we are all valuable! Kudos to you, though, for realizing there’s a way to help the body along is natural path and that doesn’t involve popping a pill =)

    Stepping off the chiropractic soapbox now…Haha we just had a seminar – I get a little excited. Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Mary 22 January 2011 at 11:43 am

      I’m glad I was somewhat right in the matter! It just seems that stress (and bad sleeping) can attribute to a body’s break down and I think massages have te ability to help its healing along with whatever else – eating right, finding that sleep pattern.

      Phew! Hope school’s treating you right – it seems like it!

  2. jilly 21 January 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I absolutely love my monthly massage. I don’t go to some fruity foo foo massage parlor, either. I go to someone independent who is srs bsns. I have gotten a massage every month for the past 20 months, and it has made a huge difference in the way my body feels.

    When I first started going, I had a kinky neck all the time and my arms wouldn’t even lay flat at my sides. OMG the pain that was inflicted upon me the first few months was horrendously-hurt-so-good. (Dare I say that it may have improved my digestion? IDK, but my problems have dramatically decreased within the last year.)

    At the moment I pay $60 for an hour (plus tip). It used to be $50, but apparently the government is sticking their greedy paws into the massage business and making them pay a bunch of fees for various licensing this year. Party poopers. Anyway, I read somewhere once that $1 per hour is a reasonable rate, but I assume it has a lot to do with what state you live in, where the place is located, what type of business it is in, etc.

    If you have the money, I highly suggest trying it for 6 months or so and see what happens.

    • Mary 22 January 2011 at 11:45 am

      I hope you meant $1/min cause $1/hour would scare me that the dude is poking a pen at my back.

      I’m signed up for a one-year membership right now. Expect painful remarks for a while. I probably shouldn’t have started it when my back was terrible to begin with. Oopsss

  3. Sara 22 January 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I treat it like a luxury… but only because I can’t really afford to do the expensive massages. We don’t have a place like yours around me, where it’s JUST the massage and not all the frou-frou with it.

    Next time I visit… do you wanna take me to this place? I haven’t had a real massage for… over 3 years. Not okay.

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