I’m not the indulgent type when it comes to spending money, but there are a few things for which I’m willing to plunk down a little extra coin—organic foods (good health for all), family fun (that lasts a lifetime), and, of course, comfortable (i.e., pricey) shoes.
I’ve recently added another luxury to my life—massage. Now, having been raised by Catholic, Depression Era parents and having been a public sector employee all these working years, anything that costs more per hour than I make per hour is pretty much a luxury.
And it’s still hard for me to spend money on it, luxury.
And it’s harder still for me to spend money on, well, me.
But that’s all behind me (right) now, at least when it comes to massage. And I’ve noticed that if I call it massage therapy, it’s even easier to indulge, like it’s a necessary part of my self-care healthcare.
Because it is now.
Here are just a few benefits I’ve noticed from receiving (and giving myself) massage therapy:
- relaxed muscles
- better sleep quality
- increased energy
- improved concentration
And there are other benefits from receiving massage therapy that scientific research shows:
- may improve immunity by reducing cortisol (a stress hormone)
- improves blood circulation and pressure (reduces hypertension)
- reduces pain by creating chemical changes in the body and brain
- helps to manage pain from an injury, illness, disease, or disorder
Increasingly, during this half century of living, I’ve noticed the effects all these years of good living have had on my body—sometimes a little stiffness and a few aches and pains that I had no idea would be here now way back then. Aging is a bittersweet pill to swallow.
So this morning I rang my massage therapist, booked an appointment for an hour-long massage this afternoon, and will happily shell out the dosh it’ll cost me.
Because I’m worth it.
In what sorts of self-care healthcare luxuries are you willing to indulge? And what makes it worth it to you?
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