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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.
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.”