Wednesday, June 26, 2013

To Massage or Not to Massage

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

When I was younger I just couldn't do it. No massage for me, thank you very much. Wouldn't that be awkward? A total stranger poking and prodding. Exposed. No way.

That was back when I actually had a decent body, although I didn't know it at the time. Now that I'm sixty and things are rearranging, I've lost those inhibitions and no longer care. Isn't that weird?

For those of you who approach the subject with trepidation, here are a few comforting facts that might convince you to give it a try:

  • If you have certain parts you don't want worked, communicate upfront.
  • You can keep on as much as you need to maintain your comfort level. I stripped down to my panties.
  • You are completely draped in a sheet.
  • And the therapist exposes limbs one at a time, works her magic, and tucks you back up tight.

What an experience. Imagine every single second of an entire hour set aside entirely for your absolute pleasure. And the afterglow is amazing. I'm still basking in the sensations. 

I should have a massage every day! My wish for you - a massage every day!

12 comments:

Aurian said...

I completely agree with you, no strangers touching me please. But I have had some problems with my neck a few times, and the only thing that got it loose again, was a shoulder and back massage. But a full body massage, no thank you.

Julie Hyzy said...

I had my first massage about two years ago. I thought I'd be uncomfortable, but once I gave up the worry about exposing myself, I was fine. Amazing experience. That was at a spa and it was a gift, otherwise I may never have done it. I've since gone back to have one more and again, it was pure bliss. Glad you found them, Deb!

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank goodness, you discovered it, Deb. Massages are WONDERFUL! My girls all love them, too. We love to do spas when we're visiting each other. And I have NO problem stripping down to my panties. I want my back really loosened up. Gotta get to ALL those muscles. Sometime in future, try a male masseur. Much stronger hands. Deeper muscles reached. Ohhhhhh, yeah. Bliss, indeed. :)

Mo said...

For the past 2 years I have been visiting my friendly neighborhood Theraputic Injury Massage therapist every Monday after work and she is a godsend. Thanks to her skills at keeping my shoulder, knee and lower back loose and working I have been able to avoid follow up surgery. I have no inhibitions about being naked under the sheet on her table, she is a consumate professional. My weekly sessions are one of the best moves I have ever made.

Deb said...

Oh, my, Maggie. I'm not ready for a male masseur. Yet...

Deb said...

Weekly sounds divine!

Rachelle21 said...

I feel spoiled. I love messages. For those who are afraid to be exposed there is a chair massage. You are completely dressed and you sit in the chair and have your extremities and back massaged. It is not as wonderful as a full body massage but it helps take kinks out. I have been enjoying a 15 minute chair massage for $10.00 and it is worth even more!

ladyvyvian said...

I wish I could have a message once a week even. They are so wonderful and relaxing.

Deb said...

I need to look for a chair one for those in between times. Thanks for reminding me:)

Deb said...

We forget about taking care of ourselves. At least book one occasionally.

LD Masterson said...

My husband loves getting a full body massage. I'm not quite there yet. The idea of a stranger's hands on my body still makes me uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

What about a doctor or dentist?--no different with a physical therapist or massage therapist, who HAS to handle and manipulate your muscles, or there is no healing. I have a friend who actually thinks that touching always has to do with sex, no matter who is doing it. Yet it's the opposite in the medical profession. One of my LMT friends heals carpal tunnel syndrome, another heals TMJ, another heals fibromyalgia. There's a lot more healing going on in massage than is known or given credit for--and being touched is mandatory for good health--the more the better. It would be well worth your while to investigate and come to terms with why you feel uncomfortable with it. (See what lack of touch does to babies, for instance.)