I used to think that it was a privilege to relax and take time to myself. I had to have a reason or excuse, or have worked very, very hard to earn a few moments of down time. Now I have come to the realization that I have to relax in order to do the work I do. I have to take the time to myself to rejuvenate, to think clearly and to keep myself healthy.
Relaxation can take many forms: meditation, yoga, exercise, solitude, a walk, reading a great book, staring into space, sipping tea with a friend, dozing on a lawn chair, gardening or napping at the beach-to name a few but my favorite new indulgence is massage. It has taken me a while to hone in on the best massage experience and I have decided that the massage environment is critically important. The environment can be a spa, a massage venue, or my new favorite, a therapeutic massage via a chiropractor’s office. The important elements are: quiet, calming music, essential oils that smell good, a convenient location, and a reasonable price so I can participate more often. Massage is not an indulgence, it is a recipe for health.
I feel better already!