Cloud nine is waiting for you

So, I've been walking around with a massage voucher for more than a year. Yes, it's quite sad - anyone would jump at the opportunity for a TLC session - but I just never found the time to make an appointment and whenever I remembered about the voucher and wanted to make an appointment straight away, the boutique was fully booked.

I finally went for that long-postponed massage yesterday. I opted for a full-body Swedish massage - the mother of all massages - and believe me it was pure, pure bliss! While lying on the massage table and feeling the knots of tension dissolve in my body I wondered why I had denied myself such indulgent pleasure for so long. Why is it that we have time for everyone and everything else, but when it comes to treating ourselves it rarely makes our to-do list?

Yes, in the current financial climate a massage feels like luxury few can afford. The benefits, however, far outweigh the costs. It's a fantastic treatment for stress and muscle pains, calms the nervous system, improves circulation, reduces your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system function and helps to create a general sense of tranquility and wellbeing. Futhermore, the healing touch of another person is often greatly underestimated. Just think of how important healthy physical contact and touch is for children in their development. This does not end when you become an adult - it's something we all need for our physical, emotional and mental health.

Reward yourself with an early Christmas gift this year by booking a massage today. There are many different kinds of massage to choose from and you are sure to find something that will suit both your personal needs and comfort levels. Also, don't forget to check out the beauty colleges in your area where trainee massage therapists will give you that much-needed TLC at a very good price.

- (Birgit Ottermann, Natural Health Newsletter, November 2011)

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