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Dreaming Of A Professional Massage

One of our readers from a small American town wrote us about her first-time ever massage experience, and that until this very day she hasn’t gotten around to paying for a professional massage. I think after she read the last article on saving money on a professional massage she might changed that :-)

I’ve always dreamed about what a professional massage would be like, but I’ve never had the money to spend on such extravagant services.

Being from a small farm town and a hard working family I never grew up with those luxuries. My family wasn’t very fancy and everything we were taught was to just be simple. Aches and pains were just normal part of life and massages were just not part of the equation growing up.

My husband on the other hand, was from a very different family life style. He grew up in a big city, with services galore. He’d frequent the Turkish baths for all sorts of services including massages. Pampered and spoiled he had the luxuries that not everyone got to experience.

We were two people from two different worlds. When I met my husband, we hit it off right away. My first taste of a massage was several months into dating when he’d rub my back. I never had that before and the kneading and pressure felt wonderful. The smell of the oils was delightful and I was lost and away from reality for those moments.

I was hooked.

After that I tried all sorts of cheap gadgets. I bought and spent hard working money on vibrating massagers, but they didn’t do the trick. All they did was bounce up and down and make noise.

I also tried massaging chairs at the furniture stores and in the malls, but they were not the same as well. They felt nicer than the vibrating massagers, but it wasn’t the same experience as when my husband did it.

There were no sweet oils, just leather, how unromantic. The only thing that does the trick for me is my husband. I still dream of what a professional service would be like, but I can’t bring myself to spend a hundred or more dollars just to get a little relief in my sore back. But I love massages all the same, even if it isn’t by a professional.

My First Professional Massage

One of our readers sent in this great story about her first massage experience, it makes a really good read. If you also have a story about massage to share, just write down a comment below.

Up until last year, I had never had a professional massage. I had always wanted one, but could not afford to purchase one.

One day, while shopping at a local mall, I saw a new concept store had opened and they were advertising free 15 minute upper body massages. My partner and I went in immediately.

We had to wait a few minutes for the masseuse to finish with his current customer, and then it was my turn. I sat down in the massage chair, facing forward with my knees and arms resting on the pads and my face on the head rest.

I was very surprised by how comfortable this position was, especially because I am overweight and the chair looked like something from a middle ages dungeon.

The massage lasted 15 minutes and it was the most comfortable experience of my life. The masseuse did not talk to me other than to introduce himself. He started with my hands, then arms, shoulders, upper back/neck area, and ended with a scalp massage.

By the time he was done, I felt like an overcooked noodle. I was SO relaxed. I have never in my life felt like that.

At the end, I sat in a chair and waited while my partner got her massage. I rested my head back and closed my eyes. I had nothing on my mind except how good I felt both physically and mentally.

I have since gone back a few times and paid for the massage with this same masseuse. They only charge $25.00 for 15 minutes and it is more than worth that amount of money.

The masseuse has helped me to truly get the tension and stress out of my neck and head, where it seems to settle after a while.

I suffer from panic and anxiety disorder and these massages have helped me in more ways than one. I feel so relaxed after the massages and that feeling is something I very rarely feel, as I am always on edge.

All I can say is that massage has changed my life in little bits and pieces ever since that first freebie!

What To Do Before A Massage

Before getting a massage, there are a couple of things you SHOULD do:

  1. Drink some extra water the day before the massage. (But you don’t necessarily want to drink lots of water JUST before the massage, because then you might have to pee and will have to get up during the massage).
  2. Arrive on time for your massage, and schedule your appointment so that you have plenty of time to get there. Don’t get there all stressed out because you needed to rush through traffic – even before a massage, you should be able to relax and “let go” of the everyday stress.
  3. Get a massage directly after your workout, because your muscles will already be warmed up.
  4. Communicate with your massage therapist. If you don’t like something – tell him or her. If you do like something you can also let him or her know. And if you have gotten a massage before and the previous massage therapist did something that made you feel really good – tell your new massage therapist about it too.
  5. If you have any medical conditions, tell your massage therapist before he starts massaging you.
  6. Stretch your muscles after your massage.
  7. Be sure hat you have a eaten a bit so you won’t feel starving on the massage table. But even more important: don’t overeat! It’s best to not eat anything two hours before a massage, and if you do, just make it something light, like a yogurth, some veggies…