Ode to Massage Therapy

So, today I’d like to relate my personal experience with massage therapy. And for those of you who are immature (Rob), I’m talking about the NON-Asian massage parlor type massages – i.e. swedish, therapeutic massage.

I always thought massage was weird. I had no intention of ever letting anyone smear me with oil.

However, as you who’ve read here for awhile know, I got pretty sick a couple years ago – and as luck would have it, my sicknesses were all being induced by stress and anxiety, and being aggravated by my crappy diet.

At my doctor’s begging, I changed my crappy diet. At first, I was on a strict diet that was just chicken and rice. That was all I could handle for several months. After that, I started adding things back in, but I gave up fast food, fried food, almost all forms of sugar including soda, and *sigh* most of my salt intake. I added some (by which I mean.. a VERY few) fruits and veggies, and I at least managed to get my symptoms under control.

However, I had not fixed the underlying problem of anxiety and I wasn’t really even sure if it was possible to reduce the stress-causing things in my life. Life is just stressful. I had been on an SSRI a few years back, and frankly I couldn’t tolerate the side effects, which were horrible. I wanted to control it in a more natural way.

The lovely Jenna worked with a gal who was in massage therapy school, and Jenna insisted I go get a massage. The poor girl about broke her fingers on my back… it sounded like I was making microwave popcorn as her hands skipped from knot to knot. After the first massage, I felt like… for lack of a better term… like ass. I was sore, nauseated, and sleepy.

But I listened to what the therapist had to say, and decided to give it a real shot before I chalked it up to urban legend.

After 6 or 8 times (once a week), the knots were almost gone, and after 6 months, my anxiety had vanished as well. If I go for more than a couple of weeks without a massage, I can feel myself tensing up again.

Obviously, the major downside to massage therapy is the cost, but frankly, I’d eat ramen noodles if I had to in order to afford massages.

After 18 months of going, I’m now on a regular routine, I basically don’t have any knots, I have NONE of the symptoms of stress that I had before, which included everything from high blood pressure to digestive problems.

If you’ve never had a massage, I would encourage you to give it a try. The hardest part, I’m sure, is finding someone you feel comfortable with, but once you do, say goodbye to your stress.

  4 comments for “Ode to Massage Therapy

  1. March 25, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I don’t have anything to add about massages because I’m a) too cheap to pay for them, and b) can only say something completely immature about happy endings. I accidentally clicked the “unsubscribe” link in my email. Can you put me back on the subscriber list?

  2. March 25, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    My fave auntie is a massage therapist and she swears by it. I love visiting her because I know it means at least a foot massage, if not a full body massage. Maybe that’s what I need, I totally need to get my energy back.

  3. HRT
    March 26, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    …um yeah, I’m going to stick with the kind of massage that has a happy ending. Otherwise it’s kind of like having a great dinner without dessert.

    …not that I’ve actually had either type of massage from a professional mind you. But those uber expensive chair massagers at those high-end stores in the mall sure are SAHWEET!!!

  4. March 27, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Hey! I resent being called immature and not getting a link out of it.

    Jerk

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