Oh boy, this is probably my favorite challenge to you ALL YEAR LONG.Massage

[tweetherder]This week I challenge you to get a massage.[/tweetherder]


Well first of all because massages are Ah.Ma.Zing!  But also because they are truly good for you.

  • Promote relaxation and stress relief – with as busy and stressful as life is, we ALL need more relaxation
  • Improves circulation and keeps skin looking young
  • Decreases chronic pain – have frequent headaches?  Or muscle pain?  Try regular massage therapy


The easiest way to give it a go is to call a reputable company and book a massage.  Most cities and towns have several good massage therapists these days.  If you aren’t sure who to call, ask around – your local doctor or chiropractor probably has some good recommendations for you.  In medium-sized cities you can expect to pay at least $1 per minute.  So a 60 minute massage will run about $60.  It is more expensive in larger cities, but most studios have various specials – often a first time promo or some type of monthly deal, so definitely check those out.

You can also consider checking out Groupon, Living Social or the like – I see massages almost daily on those daily deal sites.

Once you find someone you feel comfortable with, I’d suggest trying to schedule a massage at least twice a month.  Years ago I had horrible weekly headaches, but after beginning to receive twice a month massages (with a wonderful therapist at our local hospital), they went away.  As long as I keep up with it, I rarely get headaches.  However, if I miss a month or two, they come back.  For me, that relief is worth every penny!

Still too expensive?  Make a deal with your significant other or best friend to trade massages.  You might not receive the same benefits as a professional massage, but I bet you’ll still gain some relaxation and stress relief!

Looking for more methods of stress relief?  Or pain relief?  Try essential oils – there are some wonderful therapeutic grade essential oils available that can prove very helpful for stress relief, pain relief and more!  If you are curious at all, check out  the Oil of the Month Club – it’s a great way to learn about essential oils without breaking the bank and without feeling overwhelmed!

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