over50feeling40: I MATTER and RELAXATION!....Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!
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Jul 23, 2014

I MATTER and RELAXATION!....Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!

What dark room is housing my little I MATTER sign this week?  I pulled out the sign at the end of a recent massage session.  Alright, everyone, true confessions time.  For years, I was afraid of massage.  I thought it questionable and I did not have the courage to allow someone else to do this to me when I was not fully clothed…perhaps I was a prude…or tainted by old stereotypes…but whatever the reason, I am so glad it is in my past!
When we carry the I MATTER sign, we should be willing to do whatever will keep us healthy... and in my personal lifestyle, that includes massage.  I have always had tight muscles and difficulty relaxing. Good friends convinced me I needed to join them on the table!  Benefits of massage for me have been relaxation, release of stress, body preparation for workouts, flexibility to prevent injuries, de-toxify my system, and sleep assistance.  I am not able to do it as often as I wish; however, it is now approved in my health care plan...you might check that out in your own plan.
If you have never gone for a massage before, here are a few things to remember:

1.       In most places, you can request the gender of the therapist you prefer.
2.       Talk to them about your concerns and any problems you have been experiencing such as migraine headaches, pulled muscles, lack of sleep, etc.
3.       You can tell them if you prefer light, medium, or deep tissue massage.
4.       You decide how much clothing to keep on or take off.  They are very careful with coverage and respectful of your privacy.
5.       It is not best to go right after eating.  Better to have an empty stomach and eat later.
6.       Afterwards, drink lots of water the rest of the day.

There are many ways we pamper ourselves…I know the list is long…but I highly recommend massage be on your priority list or gift list.  You will not regret it!

My husband really blessed me this year on my birthday…just had to share the card!  Have a great week and make sure you visit the blogs of Katie’s Favorite Things Blog Hop! 
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Happy Thursday!


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  1. So glad that you took the plunge and had the massage, I have had many now and in the beginning had some of the same concerns. Its really a healthy thing to do for your body. Belated Happy Birthday!! Have a great evening!

  2. I truly credit massage to helping with my sciatica and lower back issues that I have had and get them at the chiropractor here believe it or not. So, I totally agree with you on this. Happy Thursday and thanks again for hosting :)

  3. Such a terrific suggestion Pam. I indulge in massages on a very irregular basis, but it is so good for us. The relaxation and pampering go a long way to boost our confidence and self image. Great post!!!

  4. I have never had a massage, the reason being I am very uncomfortable with a stranger touching me. I can almost picture eyes rolling and heads shaking. I don't think it is something I will ever be able to do. Not sure where this comes from, but even worse, to me, would be removing any articles of clothing and then going through this. Guess it is my personal hang up, though from reading what you wrote, I know many people love it. I'm all for health benefits, just that touching makes me very uncomfortable!

  5. There is nothing like a medium massage. I am not a fan of deep tissue. It is so true it does help with everything!

  6. Thank you for this hop. I do so enjoy it. I make myself visit 3-5 other blogs and always walk away with so much joy!

  7. I started getting regular massages when I was a competitive athlete. Of late I have not made room in the budget for them and I am paying the price with a stiff neck and sore back. I wish my logical brain would accept a massage as "necessary" rather than thinking of it as a "pampering" or "indulgence" thing.

  8. Glad to hear it Pam. I finally booked one for myself after a long hiatus. You are truly on the road to self care!

  9. Like you, it took me awhile to take the plunge and try a massage, but now I have one semi-regularly because I MATTER too!

  10. Massage has literally saved me from becoming a hunched crone. So important to indulge. Wish I could get one once a month to keep my husband immolating menopause at bay.

  11. So happy to read that you mattered enough to let go of some of those body issues in order to help your body. These I MATTER posts are so inspiring, Pamela!

    I resisted massage for three years because of those same fears, but once I finally took the plunge, I found that I made great strides in eliminating neck and shoulder pain that I'd been having for years! Hope it's okay to share this link, because I am also living proof that massage works... http://thefivefacets.blogspot.com/2012/08/eliminating-pain-in-my-neck.html

    Thank for continuing to show all of us that we matter!


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