AS A CASHIER and part-time night manager, I spent many hours of my day bending, twisting, lifting and standing. But one day, one of the heavy objects I lifted proved to be too much. I was suddenly injured, facing severe back pain and an early retirement. There were days when I could hardly walk, and among other back problems, I had a herniated disk.
Finally, laser surgery brought relief. I continue to see a chiropractor, but it’s my monthly massages at Massage Envy that I look forward to the most. I became a member in 2011 after moving from Ohio to Florida. I always wanted to get regular massages, and after I hurt my back, I felt they were exactly what I needed.
At the start of each massage, my therapist, Tracy, asks me what areas of my body (especially my back) need attention. And my lower back always feels wonderful after a massage with her, especially when I add AromaTherapy. Lavender is my go-to relaxation scent because the massages aren’t only about keeping my muscles relaxed. They’re also about keeping my mind at ease, too.
Now, I feel as if I’ve gotten my life back. I can devote more time to the things I love. I walk a lot, which is often how I get to Massage Envy since I live so close. I love spending time at the beach, and I paint. I enjoy doing portraits, but I’m also experimenting with a replica of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night.
I’m a firm believer in the benefits of regular massage. Now if only I could get my husband in for a couple’s massage, I know he would be hooked for life, too.– As told to Colleen Ringer
Christopher Stipp is the Director of Online Marketing for Massage Envy. Connect with Christopher on Google+.