Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Massage Adventure

Today I had my first professional massage in almost a year.  My legs and back were starting to me constantly sore and I figure it wouldn't hurt to have someone who knew what they were doing, to get in there and squeeze out all that wonderful lactic acid.

I booked an appointment at a spa that I've visited before so I wasn't really worried about being disappointed.  It was, however, my first experience with a deep tissue massage.  Usually I've just gotten the regular ol' Swedish massage.

I have to say, I quite enjoyed the deep tissue massage.  I don't know if it was because my back and legs were just riddled with knots and were essentially as solid as rocks but really the deep tissue massage felt like a regular massage but with really firm pressure, which is what I prefer anyway.  (In all my other massages the masseuse never used firm enough pressure and left going, well I feel better...for now.)

I do have to say I feel immensely better.  Before, when I booked a massage it was always the neck and back portion that I looked forward to the most.  The rest was just kind of filler.  In fact, I always wished that I could ask them to just spend the entire 60 minutes on my back and forget the rest of my body.  But not this time.  This time I was looking forward to the leg portion of the massage just as much as I was the back/neck portion.  My masseuse actually commented a couple of times about how intensely tight my calf muscles were.  When she started on those it was a bit painful at first, but a good pain.  

The one thing I always forget about getting a massage is how much my nose runs when my face in the little donut thing.  It never fails that about 20-30 minutes in, my nose starts dripping and no matter what I do, I can't stop it.  And it tickles!  I mean, it's like gross snot or anything.  Just a drop of nose juice I guess.  I really have no clue.

Anyway, to conclude this rambling, I feel great.  I really need to remember to get massages on a more regular basis during my training for the Brooklyn Half. 


  1. Massage treatments are really beneficial to our body. I'm not a big fan of massage before but when I started joining marathons, it became my new best friend. Good to know that you enjoyed the experience. If you are a massage adventurer like me, there are lots of different massages I can recommend to you. I hope you could try them out to see what you like best and add them to your massage adventure list.

    --Stela Dimitrov--

  2. Going to spas and pampering yourself once in a while is a good way to relieve one's stress from work or other repetitive activities. It makes you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. And it’s highly recommended for you, since you have an active lifestyle. You can be prone to having muscle pains and spasms. A good massage will definitely ease those pains away. Cheers!

    William Connors @ The Healing Station