Back Massage: Alleviate Muscle Spasms Sooner
If you are a home-owner (or renter), a parent
, a caregiver, heck, even a pet-owner, you are on-the-go! Between carrying groceries or kitty litter, moving car seats, picking up small children, carrying back-packs, you are under physical (perhaps mental) pressure. As a parent, I can attest. If I am not making a bed, cooking meals, taking children from one activity to another, I am doing laundry, feeling my back hurt! This is truly common. My solution? Back massage at my local spa. The more frequent the better.
Spas offer more than just a back massage, from fingers to toes, from back to head. We tend to neglect our backs, even we are always using them. They are used even more than our feet. While I have tried many different massages, and enjoy them all, I feel that a back massage is most beneficial.
You will surely find a caring masseuse who will talk you through your first massage, discuss a variety of lotions and methods, as well as offering a semi-nude option or nude (covered modestly with towels) depending on your level of comfort. I, for one, was quite uncomfortable with the nude option, so first time around went semi-nude. The massage was so, so great! Two weeks later I am still feeling the relaxing, refreshing effect!
While spouses are often unsympathetic toward backache, possibly because they are feeling the same, I have found that girlfriends, who very often are having massages, are far more understanding. One particular friend of mine referred me to a masseuse. She's been having back massages often, and really enjoys them. She feels so relaxed that she says she might as well be on vacation!
Massage is an ancient technique, so it is tried and trusted. Modern medicine discounted it somewhat, but it enjoyed a revival in the 1960's, and in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta it was deemed a core medical service.
There are many forms and types, along with areas of massage. In my case, a back massage suits my needs. I am a wife and mother. My duties include chauffeuring girls back and forth, laundry, mealtime, home organization to name but a few. I have been known to mow the lawn, cut back overgrown plants and dig deep in the soil.
In order to keep the back healthy, one must stretch. Sure, we drive our children to dance, sports, track and sports, but do we really get what we need? I know personally, I sit through 3 hours of ballet, 4 of music and 2 of tap dance. Does this keep my back healthy? I don't think so.
My little 6 year old will not let me win. I cannot leave her to watch her sisters in their classes, she will not walk with me, she will not ride her bike, sit in a stroller, or even take a piggy-back from me. I must sit. Sit and wait. While they exercise, I sit. And again through her class. And so I go for a back massage time after time, after time.
by: Robert Sted
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