365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
198. What are your simple pleasures?
Although I can think of probably a hundred different simple pleasures of life, I think I would always have to go back to what I would consider to be my #1 simple pleasure. That would be massages!! I don’t get to have them as often as I would like (or need), but when I do, it is amazing.
I don’t know if my love for massages is because that is one of the few times my high strung mind relaxes or if it is just the wonderful feeling of having my overly tense muscles semi-relax, but whatever it is, I could have a massage every week and it still would not be enough. The simple pleasure of relaxation is worth every penny spent.
I was fortunate to just recently be able to spend a morning at the spa with my good friend of over 40 years. We like to give each other the gift of a massage for each others birthdays. We finally got around to getting together for her much overdue birthday massage. Only 2 months late….but who’s counting. It had been about 5 months since my last massage, so this was a good reminder that I need to incorporate this into my life much more often.
The massage itself is not the only simple pleasure. There is something so soothing and relaxing about the smell of a spa. I believe it’s lavender, although I’ve never been able to duplicate it at home. As soon as you open those doors and that smell hits you, it’s almost like all tension just rushes away. Then you are guided back to your treatment room and get to crawl underneath the covers onto a nice heated massage table (extra special during the winter months when it is so cold outside). Then add in the soothing music and soft candle light. It’s is hypnotizing.
Between my standard tension due to my high anxiety and then to add on my TMJ issues, I am almost always in pain around my neck, shoulders and jaw area. During a massage, for that one brief hour, I am able to get some relief from not just the pain, but also the anxiety. Anyone that deals with anxiety issues can understand how even just an hour of relief can be peer heaven. It truly is a simple pleasure of life.
**This is me after my massage last weekend. I look a mess, but that’s the best part of a massage…. you really don’t care what you look like after.