Budgeting Regular Massage: A Personal Journey

Let’s face it, not receiving a massage in your lifetime is not going to kill you. It’s not a bare necessity such as food, water and housing. However, is that really the type of life I want to live? Is the type of life you want? The “bare necessity” life. I believe the famed author Marie Kondo would declare, “where is the joy in that?”.We need to deconstruct the idea of what massage is. However, whether it falls into category of luxury or recreation for you I want to invite you to join me on this ride of possibilities. Let’s unfold a life that is rich with experiences deep and rewarding, even when it is created in the peaceful sanctuary of a massage room. 
I sat at a friend’s table last night toiling over my personal budget. The numbers looked harsh and I was getting dizzy from my vision jumping from computer screen to paper, truth be told, I hated the task and it was daunting. Whether you’re gifted at the art of budgeting or avoid it like the plague there is no escaping the fact that most people are terrible at it. They spend money on a daily basis without a plan, then review their financial statement at the end of the month or quarter desperately cutting back luxurious expenses.
As a massage therapist I’ll give you the inside scoop to the fact that this process never works. People always return to me and find themselves in the same predicament. They want massage, they feel they need it: for stress management, for a sacred alone time away from the kids or simply to practice much needed preventive care. There is something magical , if you will ,that occurs after a massage, it just feels amazing, you feel amazing and you want that benefit to be part of your life. Here’s the biggest kicker, unlike unhealthy habits (because eating half of a pizza pie feels pretty good too) it’s actually good for you. Therapeutic massage has layers upon layers of goodness and after a session you’re body “turns” to you and whispers “hey dude, can we please make this a regular thing?”. I have seen it time and time again.
Returning to the scenario with my friend turned budget coach for the night, she continue to sporadically cheer me on in the background while I toiled away. Eventually I let out a disheartened sigh that said, ” I want to get a massage on a regular basis this year as well, I mean, I really want to continue this”. From across the room she bellowed, “if you want it and like it then budget for it. Just because you have a budget doesn’t meant you can’t put money aside for those things that matter to you also but are away from the “necessity” category.
It was kind of a weird light bulb moment and I then felt a surge of empowerment as I boldly said “yeah! take that upcoming yearly budget!” I know, I know, it sounds kind of cheesy but here’s the premise of why you need massage in your spending. If it matters to you, if it keeps nudging at you every time your shoulders are killing you with a ton of tension or your neck pain is so bad that you continue to bug your spouse for a massage because you didn’t plan for it financially then it’s time to stop avoiding it and place it in your budget. At the end of the day, it’s about what matters to you. We have more resources than we imagine. We consume so much it is insane! Have you ever tried moving to a new home only to find out how much stuff you actually own? During my last move I thought, did I buy all this material stuff? when , why , how? The point is, if you love receiving massage therapy then empower yourself. I’m getting creative on spending in some areas to take good care of myself. I don’t have to live on a bare necessity budget, I can plan for the good experiences in life that leave me restored and refreshed; truth be told most of us with a little self-control can probably do the same.
(Disclaimer :this post is not directed at the impoverished person. I am sensitive that there are people in dire circumstances economically in life. There will be moments of bare necessity but for the majority of Americans that have a healthy income with a plan on how to direct it, and you want to embrace wellness, this is for you.)
Michelle Orchid Rodriguez is a wellness lifestyle blogger,educator and an independent Licensed Massage Therapist. Her mission is to promote a higher quality of life for others through her work in therapeutic massage  & promoting healthy living. She is the founder and CEO of Lumina Massage Inc. in Miami Lakes,Florida. Lumina Massage is a specialty massage company that focuses on neuromuscular therapy for pain management and advanced prenatal bodywork.

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