I’m a kind of simple person when it comes to me. I don’t keep up with the latest fashions. I find what’s comfortable and wear it until it wears out. I have about 6 pairs of shoes, and I don’t like jewelry either.
My hair is long and straight so a trim is all I need every 6 to 8 weeks, not a fancy cut that needs styling every month, although I do color it to hide the gray. 😉
I rarely wear make up. I don’t get facials. I do my own mani/pedies.
I have one ‘indulgence’. I get massages. For me, it is the ultimate relaxation. It beats meditation, yoga, hot tubs, even a walk on the beach – although I did have a massage on the beach once, but that’s a different story.
Last night, I indulged and this morning I feel wonderful. All is right with the world. I have a wonderful massage therapist, John. He works part-time at a massage chain and from his home. I go to his home for my massages.
The atmosphere there is so much nicer than at a chain store or salon. Since he knows I am a dog lover, he lets his little dog Mojo greet me at the dog. Can’t get that at a chain store!
The room he uses for massages is so comfortable and cozy. It’s very tastefully done, has several candles instead of harsh lights, and very relaxing music. He created it with care and is not just a sterile, chain store room for getting the clients in and out.
John is, hands down, the best massage therapist I’ve ever gone to, and I’ve been through several. I leave his house feeling like I could just melt into a puddle! He’s that good.
He remembers what I like, the right amount of pressure to use, and where I hold the tension in my body. To me, the thing that makes him the best is that he truly wants to make his clients feel good and that shows.
Most people consider massages an indulgence. I actually don’t. It is therapeutic.
Massages are very beneficial to your body. They can improve your range of motion, enhance the immune system by stimulating the lymph system, improve the skin (your body’s largest organ), increase joint flexibility, lessen depression and anxiety, promote tissue regeneration, improve circulation, release endorphins, and many other benefits.
A good therapist is key. I have gone to John for the last 2 years and since then, my blood pressure has gone down, my clinical depression is getting much better, I don’t freak out with stress, and I think it even helps with the weight loss.
So, yes, this morning I am still feeling like I could melt into a puddle. I am relaxed, happy, and stress free. Thanks John!
What do you do for yourself to keep relaxed and stress free?
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