It Hurts..Oh So Good....Please Do It More...WAIT, Stop, Not So HARD!!

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Anyway....You know how you hear about all these places that try and get you to sign up for their club, where they sign you up for auto-pay and you have to commit to a length of time and sign on four forms and offer up your first-born and agree to marry their brother......I usually avoid these types of things. However - ya'll may have heard me talk too many times about how I have chronic pain for both tmj and tendinitis (or maybe it's carpal tunnel - I should know this!) and so one of the things I do to ease the pain from these is to take copious amounts of vicodin get massages every 4-6 weeks.

Let me review for you:
TMJ - pain in my left jaw (the drivers side, if you will, ha). The pain in my jaw causes the muscle that runs from my jaw down over my shoulder to get very taut. Try flexing your arm muscle...and hold it for 4 weeks. Hold it really tight. That muscle will most definitely start to ache. After your four weeks of flexing, have someone rub all around and on that muscle for an hour. Are you imagining it? Isn't it a wonderful relief? YES, it is.

Tendinitis - (or maybe carpal tunnel) - so this is mostly affecting my right wrist, but my left wrist sometimes flares up just to remind me that it needs some love too. I type for a living-all day, every day. I also type way too much outside of work, like for all of you, here, my blogger friends (you're welcome). My poor lil wrists just get tired.

Soooooo.....back to the point........
I went ahead and signed up at the local Massage Envy for monthly massages for the next six months. I had to give up Andrew and I might be engaged - but it's a better deal to sign up for the monthly club thing and it pushes me to take this step of self-care on a regular basis.

And I love it.

However, there are two types of massages that bother me:
  1. Sometimes you get a massage person who is a bit over-zealous about working out that knot in my shoulder. And it feels Until it's over. And then suddenly you realize that you've been assaulted and omg-why can I feel my kidneys when I look over my left shoulder?? 
  2. I'm almost torn though on if it's better to have this KO feeling as opposed to the other type of massage, where they gently rub you...and it's nice.....and it feels good....but so does taking a bubble. And taking a bath is free. So don't just make me feel good lady.....make me feel it, at least for an hour after. But there's a fine line there....I don't really want to feel it all week.
Tonight's massage was brought to me by the letters K and O. As in KnockMeTheEffOut.
Did I mention I have a pinched nerve in my back? It comes and goes, it's been around for 8 months, I deal with that and don't really care most of the time....but after Mike Tyson gave me a massage tonight, it's just me and the heating pad. Night, ya'll!


  1. Brian Miller said...:

    yikes...pain and pleasure...and a fine line in between...

  1. Flea said...:

    Typically I won't let people touch me anyway, but ouch! Isn't there a cosmetic school nearby that gives discount massages?

  1. krista said...:

    the secret to the really serious 'ohmygodimgoingtodie' massages is:
    a crapload of water, stretching and rest.
    or just tell the person to backtheeffup a bit.

  1. Jessica said...:

    Actually, that is true Kaylen, the massage school gives discounted massages. Probably the best massage I've ever had was from a student.

  1. Oof. Yeah, I'd rather be beat up than gently rubbed, but TOO much pressure can be pretty painful.

  1. Do you have a biteguard for at night? I used to clench, not grind, my teeth. Biteguard = no more TMJ for me! Before, people could hear my jaw pop across the room. The DENTIST was nauseated when she heard how bad it was.

  1. carma said...:

    Like MIddle Aged Woman, I have to wear a nightguard every night or my jaw would be swollen and painful. Maybe you are a chronic tooth grinder but haven't realized it?? May be worth checking out...I've never ever had a massage - perhaps I am missing out!

  1. With all my surgeries, I haven't had a massage in SO long, but I'm with you on the harder rather than softer side (god, I sound pornographic, sorry!). Other than that, I LOVE the copious amounts of Vicodin!! Better living through pharmacology... I hear you about the pinched nerve... eeeooowww!
    I'm getting my sutures out of my neck tomorrow - WooHoo. Hopefully I can start moving my neck a bit more, and maybe they will give me a neck brace that is not so darned HOT!!
    Hope you heal up soon... :-) {{{HUGS}}}

  1. Ugh! I know that pain. I'm a sleeping teeth grinder. Didn't know until my dentist pointed it out a couple years ago. My back and neck would seize up like... well, something that seizes up terribly. I didn't get massages though, just a mouth guard. Mmm, massages.

  1. Heather said...:

    Sounds like message theripts are as tricky as a box of chocolates, You never know what your going to get.

  1. Shell said...:

    OMG, the massages- sounds wonderful. Not the pain that you have that drove you to this point, but I hope they help!

    Stopping in from SITS.

  1. jonewman said...:

    I am a Massage Envy Lover too and actually have one at 1pm today...I feel the same...don't mess me up like I just ran 10 miles but don't just go through the movements also...It does help knowing you have to use the massages up...been with them for a couple of investment for myself ever! Visiting from SITS!

  1. I am skeeved out by massages. I know I'm a mental case.

  1. Tenakim said...:

    Wow- hope that helped... oh ... and I was your SSS. Hope you enjoyed and have a great New Year!

  1. Debbie said...:

    TMJ is rough. And yes, sometimes pain can be good:)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Good job setting aside some YOU time! Monthly massages are a brilliant idea! It's your money, so speak up if you don't like something in the massage.

  1. kanishk said...:

    .I've never ever had a massage - perhaps I am missing out!

    Work from home India


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