Greetings from Minnesota! The deep freeze hasn’t happened yet, and luckily it’s still about 20 degrees outside. Guess we’ll see how long that lasts…
I just want to take a moment to declare that my chiropractor and her massage therapist are fabulous. Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without them. After my little mishap last month, my neck, shoulders and back have not been quite right. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve gotten much better since the accident, but I still felt a little tight and stiff.
I haven’t been to my chiro in over a year, and I’ve never had a massage, but after checking in with my regular doctor I decided this was the next logical step. (I know chiropractors aren’t for everybody, but luckily my experience has been fabulous.) I’ve had 2 adjustments, and I had my first ever professional massage today. Ahh….. 😀
The first truth is that it hurt. There were moments where I honestly thought my back might explode, and she kept reminding me to tell her if the pressure ever got greater than “a 7 out of 10.” Well, I’m bad about gauging these sorts of things, so mostly I just figured that more pressure would get those wretched knots out faster. I did have a moment of weakness where I squeezed out, “Ah, pretty sure you’re at a 7” but mostly the experience was that “good sort of hurt” mixed with relaxing and fabulous.
Now I’m drinking tons of water, which apparently is a cardinal rule after a massage, and I have another scheduled for next week. I could get a little too used to this….
Maybe this whole schedule of adjustments and massage will also help some of these mysterious running aches and pains I’ve been having. I hope so (and I even think it makes sense because obviously the body is all inter-connected and stuff like that).
Sometime tomorrow I hope to do a long run. J and I also have a looong weekend stretching ahead because one of our full-time guys at the farm is on vacation for the next 5 days. I may have to engage in operating some machinery I’m not used to, so I’ll think about reporting on the success (or lack thereof) if it happens. My main hope is that I don’t break anything (on the machinery, not on me!).
Another random thought about massage. I think it is a true gift from God. Honestly. It was relaxing and energizing at the same time, and I’m thinking the physical benefits are going to be grand. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it easy to look to God when I have problems and am at my wit’s end, but I forget to say thanks when things are going good and work out to my benefit.
“Thank you God for helping me find a good team to get my body back to normal!”
And with that, I wish you all a fabulous weekend.
Have you ever operated a piece of machinery or vehicle that scared you a bit? For me, I think this would be the first time I drove a tractor. I don’t really remember how old I was when my dad gave me a few instructions and sent me off on the John Deere 4020, but I’m pretty sure I was freaking out. I didn’t actually wreck anything, but to this day I’m definitely not a great driver 😉
Ever had a massage? If not, I highly recommend it.