After a 3 month hiatus I finally got a massage yesterday. Normally I get a 90 minute massage each month. I have been going to the same massage therapist for about four years now. She is amazing! She has been practicing massage for 17 years and is super intuitive about her work. I tell her what’s up and she fixes it.
Unfortunately about a year ago she took up a 9-5 job and now only does massage a few select days a week. Since her loyal clients don’t want to leave her, she has a major lead time. One day I had to cancel and we could not find a good make up time and I got lazy and never followed up with her, until I really needed to see her. Making an appointment for 6 weeks from now was not going to cut it so I booked a massage this weekend at Wellnest Studios with Doreen.
I met her at this super hippie crystal singing bowls meditation the studio hosted a month ago and liked her. Also, I figured anyone at a meditation session like that was probably pretty intuitive with their work too. I was right. I told her I needed work on my calves + Achilles tendon, and my hip flexors + quads. We started with the right calf and 40 minutes into my one hour session we moved onto the left calf. Oops!
We decided to skip the hip flexors + quads so she could get the most out of treating my left calf. It was needy! That is one area that I have a hard time working out with a foam roller, or my Roll Recovery. Patrick is pretty good at giving massages, but they have a short time limit. I was so happy we went with a one hour calf massage! For the past month and a half it has been a real struggle to walk heel to toe. I have maybe been able to do a mid-foot to toe gait, but have been way too tight for anything more. Normally after a massage I notice my muscles are looser, but I don’t always notice an immediate change when I get off the table. Yesterday was different. My muscles were finally calm enough, loose enough to walk the way my PT expects me to!
When I start to notice that walking, or moving in general, is more difficult, I get nervous that I am getting worse. Usually, I just need to take note of what has shifted from my usual routine- not enough stretching? Strength training? Cardio? This time it was my regular massage. It is definitely the most expensive thing I do to take care of myself, but whenever I go without it, I am reminded of just how important and worth the cost it is for me.