1. Fran

    I love massages! Right now I am missing the ones I used to get weekly from our Russian/Uzbek masseuse who used to come to our house every Thursday evening. We had candles, incense and music playing. Sometimes he could find knots in my back but by the time he left I was sometimes even asleep because I was so relaxed. I paid $20/per hour. One of the highlights of our time in Uzbekistan!

    • Wow! That’s a bargain getting all that for $20 an hour. It’s hard finding a new masseuse after you’ve lost one you love. I like having the same one every time, because I know what to expect and can relax more. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Fran. Have a lovely day!

  2. I’ve just started a series of Thai Yoga Massage, which is quite different. It focuses more on the facia & meridians and includes stretching and yoga poses. You do it clothed (yoga clothes) and it’s quite interactive. A friend gave me one as a gift and the impact on my neck/jaw pain was so amazing, I booked a series.

    I still enjoy the “regular swedish” massage as well and try and do one every couple of months. I actually take whatever therapist is available at the place I go as I feel like The Universe gives me what I need at that moment (and they are all really good therapists there).

  3. Hi, Christie – Having very affordable and convenient access to regular massage, is something that my husband and I greatly valued about living in China. Now that we lie in a place where massage can be VERY pricey, I have been the one giving the massages to my husband (who suffers from arthritis). Giving is supposed to be better than receiving, right? 🙂

    • You need to set up a barter system with your husband–a massage for a massage. 🙂 Massage in the states can be very expensive. MassageEnvy is not as fancy as a spa, but it is more affordable, and I found a massage therapist there that I really like, so that’s good.

  4. I love massages… when done well. I’ve had lovely ones at fancy spas and I have had not-so-great ones at a local massage school (cheap, but they are learning). I went to a clinical massage therapist once for a leg pain I had had for a while and was amazed that she was able to make it go away with one treatment. Your post is timely since I have been thinking about going for regular massages… maybe at MassageEnvy. I’m curious, do you get the same massage therapist (the one you like) every time?

    • I do get the same therapist every time. I schedule the next one (a month out) as I’m leaving my appointment to make sure. She was out for a month, so I had another therapist who my usual lady recommended, and that worked out well too.

  5. Hi Christie, thanks firstly for joining us at Midlife Share the Love Party, I love reading your quality posts. I have recently started going to an Osteopath as I had back problems. I feel fabulous afterwards and it has really helped me get back into my running longer distances. I suppose we don’t think of the downside of massage so thanks for pointing those out. I also think it is so important to go to a professional who knows exactly what to do. I went to a cheaper one in a shopping centre once and never again! #MLSTL

  6. I have tried massages a couple of times, but never had a really great experience. i just struggle to relax and didn’t really enjoy it. I like the idea of it, but I guess I have not gotten comfortable. I did have a chiropractor once who massaged my next and got rid of knots and she was amazing and very helpful. I probably need to try it a few more times!

  7. I’m a big fan of massage – good strong remedial massage when I need it or gentle relaxation massage when on holidays and just wanting to chill out. The remedial massage I have received from a couple of myotherapists has made such a positive difference to my life, I can’t imagine not having that experience. These days I manage to drift off even during a remedial massage. Love it!
    Pinning this post

  8. I LOVE a good massage – I haven’t had very many – couldn’t afford them until the last few years, then I stopped going and haven’t started again. I have a lot of neck and shoulder issues with resultant headaches – massages make me feel so much better. I’m off to google a bit and see if there’s anyone nearby with good reviews.
    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

  9. Christie, I love getting a massage. It has been years but the last time I went it was doctor ordered for hip discomfort so all I had to pay was my insurance co-pay, I got two a week for a couple of months. It was great.

  10. Hi Christie

    I love massage. When I was working I got a chair massage every Friday to work out the stress related kinks in my neck and shoulders. Now that I’m retired I have cut back to about once a month.

    Enjoy your runs

    • What a great way to end the work week, Laura. I’m glad you’ve kept up with your massages after retirement. Thanks for the encouragement on the running. Sometimes I have to talk myself into starting, but I never regret it!

  11. Christie, your post jumped out at me from #BloggersPitStop because I love massage. I’ve been going to the same massage therapist for many years and go every 2, 3 or 4 weeks (depending on my “disposable income” situation!).

  12. Great article Christie. I think this is the first post I have read on massage therapy. Sometimes a good massage may result in detox symptoms as the circulation is stimulated. It can help to drink plenty of water after the massage.

    Your interesting post will be featured on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop.


    • A great tip Kathleen! Thanks for mentioning that. I’ve heard the same thing, and my therapist always brings me a glass of water right after. And thank you for the feature! It’s always an honor.

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