I was talking with one of our therapists the other day and she told me a story about a client of hers who was a regular for a long time and then had to cut back on how often she came due to financial reasons. And of course, that luxury of the weekly massage was something that had to go when things got a bit tight. It didn’t take long for the client to realize that luxury was really more of a necessity, and I got to thinking about other things in life that sometimes get mistaken for luxury when in fact, they may be a necessity.
Taking care of yourself is not a luxury, it is a necessity. There are lots of ways you can take care of yourself-exercise, nutrition, sleep, recreation just to name a few. Many times it feels hard to take the time to fit some of these things into a busy life, trust me I know as the father of two, a husband, a full time employee and an owner of a fledgling massage studio. The big key here is not letting someone else dictate what is a luxury and what is a necessity. While other people may not understand your need to go on that 10 mile run, only eat organically grown foods or be in bed by 10:30 each night, it doesn’t really matter. You know these things will make you a more productive person for the people in your life that really matter. Doing the things that are necessity to you that may be luxury to someone else doesn’t make you selfish, it makes you smart for knowing what you and your body need to function at the highest level.
There is no doubt that some massage is a luxury, like the couples massage you got on the beach at the resort in the Caribbean. However, every massage has relaxation, circulatory and lymph system support benefits and a truly therapeutic massage has many other physical benefits. Learn how to make your own necessity vs. luxury decisions and you will be happier healthier for it.
I’ll leave you with a quote from a book that my father got me when I graduated from college…
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!