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I’ve been getting a massage every month for more than two years now, and it’s become such a routine part of my self-care system that I couldn’t imagine life without it.
Massage helps relieve muscle tension and stress, but most of all it creates a calming environment to rest my brain. I’m a perpetual “thinker” and it can be challenging to quiet my mind. Even during treatments, I find that I’m constantly having to redirect myself to stay present in the moment.
I’m sure some people see massage therapy as a luxury, but I have to disagree. Sure, at some of the higher-end spas you might spend $300 or more for a massage. But my membership runs just $49.99 per month–that’s one-third the the cost of having a $5 specialty coffee every day.
It’s so important to me that I categorize it as “health care” in my home budget. From my perspective massage is self-care, which is a form of preventive health care. Stress can take a significant physical and emotional toll on our health, and I would much rather spend money on this side of the equation than the medical treatment side.
However you choose to manage stress and tension, it’s wise to create a regular schedule. If you wait until you are experiencing excessive amounts of stress, you’ve missed the opportunity to prevent it.