Between pregnancies, I found this really great gym (it was more like a pilates studio type gym, all instructed classes) – I just loved it. The instructors were awesome. They all knew how to help your body improve posture and shape – and never made you do more than you could handle. They always were more concerned about doing a few PERFECT reps vs many imperfect ones. They are the people who alarmed me to my shoulder tension problem.
I mean – I knew I had tension in my shoulders – I’m a dental hygienist and I use my body in terrible ways that is not good for your back or neck – so I knew I needed some attention to posture: But pretty much any time an instructor would walk past me; they’d tap my shoulders and tell me to get them out of my ears! I shrug them all the time. I still constantly am telling myself to relax my shoulders down and back. They’re always up and forward – tense.
Therefore, I can ALWAYS use a massage. I am always looking for great spa offers; because if I don’t get a deep tissue massage every now and again – I get extreme tension that builds up until my back locks up. So I know when to get a massage – but if for some reason I can’t get an appointment right away, or if I move just wrong – I’m out of commission for days, and need daily massages for 3-4 days plus major pain killers to get my mobility back. But If I DO get the massage – I feel great; and back to my relaxed self.
Sometimes it’s also nice just to have a pamper weekend. Just a weekend, or even a DAY where you can get away; and enjoy some rest and solitude and get massages and pedicures – and spoil yourself. Man that sounds amazing.