Reducing the Stress of the Daily Grind
ALONG WITH ALL THE PERKS that greeted me when I joined the sta
at a large radiology company in the Phoenix area six years ago, I
also faced new challenges, like 65-hour workweeks and much higher
I found myself sitting for longer periods of time than I ever
had before, and in front of a computer. My job was taking a
surprising toll on my body, causing my neck and arms to feel
fatigued and achy.
Massage was something I had done just once in a while, more so
for pampering or on special occasions. I had learned the tremendous
benefits of massage after it helped me cope with a college injury.
There was a Massage Envy in my neighborhood and I decided that, for
the afordable price and convenience of location, I would become a
member and see if massage would help me find a feeling of general
wellness. Six years later I still go every other
week for a deep tissue massage.
Right from the beginning I had a wonderful experience. I'm able
to work massage into my busy routine without it being a big event.
I can show up five to 10 minutes before my appointment and get
right in. At the same time, it feels special because of the high
level of customer service and quality of the massage I receive.
I request my regular therapist and have built up a great
relationship with her. She focuses on my neck and back area, really
helping to work through those issues that arise from being at my
desk for so many hours. I've noticed such a difference in how my
Massage is a habit I have for my wellness now, just like taking
a walk. I have a reduced stress level, limited headaches, better
concentration and I'm rarely sick.
I attribute it all to massage!
- Lisa Mead, 47, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- As told to Christina Vanoverbeke