As a massage therapist, I have heard many excuses for why people do not want a massage over the years. I have listed some favorites below.
I am too tense to get a massage!
I wonder what people think will happen if they are too tense and they get a massage. I always envision some sort of Star Trek scene taking place, where the unsuspecting massage therapist approaches and is repelled by the powerful force field of tension on the person’s back. A bright green light flashes and the room shakes as the massage therapist is catapulted across the room. Dazed, she looks up and offers, “I’m sorry- did you say you wanted aromatherapy?”
I might fall asleep.
When I have worked with people who are at work, this has been a common complaint. I have always taken it as code for, “my boss might see me and think I am lazy.” Okay. Fair enough.
I might snore.
This is a very real possibility. Massage tends to put people into a state that is somewhere between sleep and waking. Many folks report hearing themselves snoring on the table. It is a weird place to be- sort of like sun and rain at the same time. But it is nothing to worry about.
It all boils down to fear.
All of the reasons to not get a massage come down to this one. Most people who finally try massage are amazed at how good they feel afterwards. It is common for a newbie to exclaim, “why on earth did I wait so long to get a massage?!”
New Question- What good things might happen?
Instead of letting fear hem you in, turn the question around and look at it from possible positive outcomes. Circulation improves, so your heart benefits. Muscles that have been tied up in knots get back to their natural shape and length, so you can move more easily. Posture improves, so you can breathe more easily. Breathing better improves your mood and your sleep, so your attitude and health benefit in general. Not too shabby, huh?
Racing through life, we miss a lot.
Taking the time to slow down feels wrong to some people. If you stay busy in order to feel like you are being productive and you only do things for others in your spare time, you may have a sense of self that is based on being a martyr. Ultimately, you will come to resent those you spend your life taking care of. Taking some time for yourself will improve those relationships and make you a better caregiver.
How can slowing down make more time in your day?
It does not seem possible that this is true. Yet, taking that time to fill your own cup allows you more time in your day. One way this works is that you are better able to look at responsibilities and prioritize
them. The things that really need to get done come into clearer focus, while the things that do not have to get done are sent to the bottom of the list- or marked off it altogether.
Warning- massage is addictive.
It would be irresponsible to not acknowledge that feeling good and healing are habit-forming. Making the connection in your mind that you do not have to feel bad is an extremely empowering thing to do. Once you start to feel better, you tend to want to keep on feeling better. And you can.