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Why Massage Is Worth the Money, Every Single Time

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Let me start off with a disclaimer: I get a massage once a week. Lots of people think I’m nuts. Even more think I’m made of money. I’m neither (okay, maybe a little of the first, but almost none of the latter). I am an average working mom; and the majority of my paycheck goes to bills, gas, groceries, and tuition, with a few incidentals thrown in for fun. You might find it strange, then, that I splurge on massage so often. After all, massage isn’t cheap. Indeed, it isn’t. But neither are all the other things I pay for. Massage, as it were, is simply one of the ways I prioritize my funds, and I’ve determined that a weekly massage far outweighs its monetary costs.

Perhaps a weekly massage seems ridiculous to you. Perhaps you’d love to have a massage each week but an inner voice tells you that you don’t deserve all that pampering. Perhaps you truly can’t afford a weekly massage—there just isn’t room to squeeze it into your budget. I get it; I really do. But before you decide if it is worth the money, consider some of the benefits of massage:

  • It decreases acute and chronic pain
  • It improves flexibility through stretching
  • It increases feel-good hormones
  • It decreases stress-related hormones
  • It improves circulationZen_mindfullness

Not too shabby, eh? But there’s one more thing I want to float out there: it’s the fact that massage provides you with an opportunity to unwind. This is perhaps its most valuable benefit.

There is a lot of talk of technology overload these days, and increasing press on the practice of mindfulness. I think these things are worthy of our attention (and even debate). But even without discussion, I think we have an awareness that we are stretched increasingly thin. Most of us rarely put our cell phones down, we flutter on and off of the web all day. We listen to books on audio in the car. We sport iPods when we run. We fall asleep to the television, and wake up to the screeching of an alarm. Everywhere we look, ads scream for our attention, and we give it, unendingly.

This is where massage provides its most crucial benefit. By booking ourselves regular massage sessions, we ensure that no matter what is going on and no matter how many gadgets or people are pulling at our attention, we have a brief respite from the chaos. This is invaluable. Which is sort of the point.

No, massage isn’t free (your massage therapist needs to make a living, too). But, to my mind, the benefit of unplugging from the world on a regular basis is worth its weight in gold. I don’t have access to your finances, so I realize I can’t speak to you individually with any real authority. But I can say this: most of us spend money on unnecessary things with relative frequency. We buy lattes like they are going out of style. I, for one, feel confident that they aren’t. If we were to take stock of the things we buy that we don’t reap any real benefits from, I think many of us would find enough money for an occasional massage.

If you can’t get them every week, that’s okay. But I urge you to try fitting them into your life. They are about much more than pampering: as I often tell my husband, sometimes they are about maintaining a little sanity.

14 thoughts on “Why Massage Is Worth the Money, Every Single Time”

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  • Massage is worth every penny. We're a mobile massage London agency and each of our clients confirm it. Everyone wants to feel relaxed and forget about stress and massage it the way.

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  • Hallelujah!!!

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  • Massage is one of the most powerful modalities to truly becoming aware of the body, restrictions and emotional tension, and making a functional way to increase the entire body to cooperate with over all healthier lifestyle. Hydration, health in the kitchen, healthy exercise and de-stressing will surely improve most anyone's emotional, spiritual and physical life. Wonderful article.

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  • As you have stated, our lives are very busy and stressful nowadays. This can lead to tension in the body, which then can often lead to chronic pain. Sitting at a desk all day is one of the worst triggers for chronic pain. I find that having regular massages help to relieve the tension and stress. I find it is really worth the money. The difference you feel afterwards is amazing. It's a good time to zone out and enjoy some pampering time. Thanks for the great article.

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  • A truly unforgettable experience of the mind, body and senses—that’s what a spa visit is all about. The massage therapists know very well how to relieve your muscles which ache, how to soothe your bodies and to bring back life into you from a hard day at work.

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  • I have to agree that the best benefit of massage is the time to unwind. My wife and I are both massage therapists, so we know how valuable it is to get a regular massage, though we don't. Maybe it is time to reassess some priorities. Great article

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  • My doctor has recommended me to get massages for stress and I get them frequently and I can't believe how much better I feel! They really do help! Loved this article!

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  • Very well said... I would love all my clients to read this...

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  • Massage is necessary and refreshing. it helps you relax his muscles and you function at full speed.

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  • Yes MASSAGE IS the answer to a hectic lifestyle. People complain about the rates but once you get them hooked they realize they need your services! So mamy benefits to massage! Everyone needs them regularly! Thankyou for sharing! :)

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  • Because Massage is necessary and refreshing. it helps you relax his muscles and you function at full speed. i will recommend it,

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  • Body Spa Massage is one of the most powerful modalities to truly becoming aware of the body, restrictions and emotional tension, and making a functional way to increase the entire body to cooperate with over all healthier lifestyle. Hydration, health in the kitchen, healthy exercise and de-stressing will surely improve most anyone’s emotional, spiritual and physical life. Wonderful article.

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  • Remember, every massage has its own merits and it is helpful to know which would be best for you. Before you start with the body massage, take inputs from the staff available at the spa. They would help you in deciding the best option for you and the time duration. Not all massages have equal time duration. So, ensure you get the best one.

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