Last Friday I had a full body massage. This is a quarterly event for me and has been for about two years now. I had my first full body massage (apart from a few Shiatsu’s) four years or so ago when I was given it as a present for my son’s first birthday. A couple of good friends decided that I needed something like this more than he needed another toy.
After that I went there very rarely until I started having some major neck and shoulder trouble. The first time I only just moved slightly on the couch when I was watching early morning television and I pulled something and couldn’t move the top half of myself without being in agony. I rang my ex-boyfriend who does acupuncture and asked if he could come round and help me out. He told me to go and lie down. I just laughed and said that would be great if I didn’t have a 2 year old to look after.
I managed as best I could, which is what we parents do in any circumstance, until he came round and alleviated the pain a little bit. After a few days I felt almost back to normal. A couple of weeks later I lifted my arms up in the shower to wash my hair and felt another muscle go twang in my upper back. I’d done it again only not so severely this time.
After this I decided that I needed to get more regular body massages so I made a pact with myself to go every 3 months which I’ve been doing ever since. I see the same woman who first massaged me as that birthday present. Not only is she really good at doing it, but makes me feel really good about being a parent also. She tells me what a great job I’m doing and really bolsters me physically and emotionally.
So last Friday I dropped JJ off at school, rushed off to do some grocery shopping so I could do it child free. I then had to go to work to make up some time for leaving work early the previous day to pick JJ up from school and then it was my massage time.
While being massaged I have to relax. I have to lie on the table and nearly fall asleep while having my sore points rubbed and strangely enough even though it can be sore, it is very relaxing.