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
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.
- Sometimes you get a massage person who is a bit over-zealous about working out that knot in my shoulder. And it feels oh.my.god.SOGOOD. 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??
- 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.
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!