I am someone who physically internalizes my emotions to a large degree. This means that oftentimes, my body just hurts, and I am desperate to find relief. I have tried a few things to remedy the big muscle knots in my back: yoga, meditation, and (when I can afford it) massages. By far, in my experience massages do the best job at alleviating my pain. But because they can be pricey, getting a massage can be the ultimate act of self care. Personally, I often ask for a massage gift certificate instead of material objects for the holidays, and seek out deals in my city at less established spas in order to subsidize my need for massages.
TMassages can be great, but they can also be unpleasant if you are not prepared for the experience. Because they are an expensive indulgence and a treat, it can be a real bummer to not have it go as you had hoped. Here are some of the things I wish I knew before getting my first massage. And if you are preparing for your first massage, lay back, enjoy, and have a great time!