Ok, Ok! Wednesday, I went to the massage therapist, Linda, here in the Meadows Building in little Argyle, TX, and had a massage.
All my muscles ached but I didn’t realize how much until Linda got ahold of them. My shoulders, my neck, my back, all were very tight and ached. Sometimes you don’t realize how much you clench your hands during the day or how tight they get just in daily activities. And let’s don’t even mention feet! If you like to get a pedicure, you will absolutely LOVE a massage. If you sit at a desk every day and you don’t have an ergonomically designed chair, you may have low back pain. Sometimes, especially when you first stand up and start walking, you’ll get a sharp pain in your lower back, and you know you’ve been sitting too long and have gotten stiff.
Stress affects all of your muscles, not just your shoulders. If you live with stress, as I did, your body stays tight and it suffers. I have lived with steady stress for over 15 years, with my job, with traveling, and with normal family issues. None of the three areas were major but when combined, the stress was fairly constant. I never realized what it was doing to my body, until my body finally gave in last April 29th.
Ed and I had gone out to eat dinner at one of our favorite places in Denton. We discussed, among many other things, my job, our son and daughter-in-law, and my mom’s deteriorating mental health. We had been home only about 30 minutes when I got violently ill. I lost all control of my bodily functions, couldn’t walk, and was barely coherent. Ed called the ambulance and I ended up in the hospital for 6 days. It started out as food poisoning but they soon determined that my potassium level was so low that I needed not only fluids in my system, I needed a heart monitor, so I was moved to a special floor. I also had ulcerative colitis, ulcers in the intestine. Yes, I was one sick little puppy!
I don’t remember much about the next few days. I slept a great deal and even when I was awake, I really couldn’t focus on anything. People stopped by to see me and called but I don’t remember much of what was said. All 6 of those days, I couldn’t stand extraneous noises, so the television stayed off most of the time. For anyone who knows me, they know I’m a news junkie and I usually keep the TV on, so that I can keep up with current events and weather, even when I was working. This was a major change for me! I craved silence.
Soon after, Nonnie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and today I am a landlord. I am still working on finding ways to effectively deal with stress. One of those ways is with massage. I had always thought getting a massage was a luxury but now I know it is a necessity for stress management. It’s not as easy as it sounds like it would be either. You have a job and that job is to R E L A X while the therapist kneads your muscles. I have to constantly work on relaxing my muscles so she can work out the knots with her fingers. Yes, this is work but the end result is worth it.
How many of us, in today’s world, do not have stress? Consider massage therapy and go at least once a month. I’ve been told the true benefits come from getting a massage on a regular schedule. You have to train your muscles to relax and, like everything else, it becomes easier with practice, I guess. I’ll find out and let you know.