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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Irony Massage

The Irony Of It All

Yesterday, I went to an appointment that is sure to be the highlight of my week as it is every time I go. The Massage Therapist!

This girl is young, athletic, energetic and a powerhouse of strength. But I warned her that I'd be her challenge of the week. (I bet they just love to hear that, and the fact you've been on 6 double strength Tylenol a day for a week!)
Ironically, my sore back and shoulder muscles are due to sitting for hours at my computer in a "Chiropractically Unapproved" chair, typing such things as BLOGS!

As the therapist started to spread the oil and work her magic, she commented that my muscles felt really toned.
Wow! Was I proud! (A little surprised too, as I do absolutely nothing but walk for exercise. Well, maybe I was more fit than I'd thought.)

More irony to come.

Not long into the massage, she noted that she'd never felt my muscles so tight and with so many nodules.
There was my clue. At once, I put it together and was instantly deflated.
How pathetic! Toned up? What a cruel compliment!
I just had so many spasm nodules linked together all the way up my spine, that they presented just as if I were a regular buffed-up get-fit exercise fanatic!

And it seems that these toned-up in-shape knots gave plenty of resistance to her efforts. As she wiped the sweat off her brow with a towel and left the room, she looked back saying,"That was the toughest workout I've had all week. Brutal, in fact."

And then I heard her slowly dragging herself upstairs, each foot emphatically punctuating one step at a time, leaving me dejected and painfully wishing a huge crane could hook me on and lift me up off the table!

I need a new chair!

Mother of Invention, looking forward to my next massage!

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Blogger GEWELS said...

Nothing like a good, deep tissue massage to get rid of those kinks. Ouch, I think my neck hurts now. Beter make an appointment.
BTW- love the pics of hubby skiing. Have alwasy wanted to try that sport but, alas, we never get enough snow around here to attempt it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blogger Maggie said...

Well at least you made her pay for that false compliment! Does your back feel better?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Anonymous David said...

Boy, do I sympathize with you. Ever since trying out a new road bike over the weekend, my neck and shoulders muscles ae a mess. I'm going to get a massage tomorrow - first one in about 6 months. Hope it helps. I'm expecting a mess of knotty modules also.

Hope you are feeling better!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blogger meno said...

Let's have a bake sale to buy you a new one!

I love getting a massage.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blogger Annelisa said...

The best massage I ever had (er, out of the two I've had) was at this retreat I went to with a friend. Afterwards, I caught a glimpse in myself in a mirror, and I swear I looked about 20 years younger - the wrinkles had just disappeared!

The second one was a bit of a let-down... seemed to me that the masseaur was was a bit of a light-touch. I just felt she was rubbing the skin, instead of digging out those muscle knots (which I tend to have a lot of too, especially with my job of carrying heavy trays of equipment round all day! :-( )

I do feel for you. It must be murder having all your muscle's cramped up like that. Maybe you could try typing/ blogging standing up... you could do stretches and bends while you're thinking...

ok, bad idea. New chair!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

Now I'm obsessing about getting a massage.

When is your birthday, maybe we can all chip in for a new chair for you!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Gewels: I love massage! I could get one every day. I just have to walk down to my basement to have one!

Come north and you will ski!

Maggie: I'm sure she cringes when she sees my name in her appt. book!
It'll stay sore for a few days and then pain will settle down, especially if I don't exercise. I had a chiropractic adjustment last night which usually helps.

David: You're out on the road already?I rode a lot last summer/fall and being hunched over really made my mid-back and neck sore.

Hmm.a bit better,thanks, but I still need to rest today and do no exercise.

Meno: Hey, thanks!That's a lot of brownies and cookies...what are the chances they'll all stay on the plates to be sold?!! (Love those squares!)

What's not to love about massage? It bothers some people though...strange to me!

Annelisa: I've had massages by about 13 therapists and have only encountered one who went too lightly. Think she was afraid to hurt me! But it felt like I was paying for something anyone could have done!

I am getting a new chair soon! I'm too tall to hunch over and type.

Mona: b-day is not till Dec. 22nd! But you can bake for Meno's sale!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger Diana said...

A good massage almost makes it worth getting the knots in the first place.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger Jocelyn said...

Hey, you earned every one of those nodules, the same way you'd have earned muscles, right?

I really need a massage, for sure. My glutes and hamstrings are in pain.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger gr said...

goodness, I hope you get better, and blogging is definately a dumb reason to become injured...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhhh I want one of those!!!! Is that you look so relaxed......whenever I go to Georgia, I usually get one from an old friend of the family's (she's a massage therapist !) But the best was when I lived in guatemala for 4 years.....I went to a place where it only cost me $15 for an hour and a half!! I fell in love - seriously - with weekly massages and my therapist, Odette - she was the sweetest, kindest woman.....I really do miss her friendship....!!

And those weekly massages....believe it or not, but they DO help tone up your muscles, even out your cellulite....

HA. Enjoy, friend......and thank you so much for your support and friendship!

xxx rdkitty

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger steve said...

Massage? Hell I'd settle for someone just to talk dirty to know , work the Kinks out...
oh, I shouldn't say that... If I was a massage person(is that a masseur?) I'd be best to not say a word cuz I am always putting the foot into the mouth...I mean MY foot into My mouth...Hah...LOL

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger Barbara said...

It is ironic that you live with a chiropractor and have a bad chair! My David just went through a big chair-shopping effort to try to fix the same kinds of aches and pains you are experiencing. It makes sense that when we sit for long periods of time, it should be in something that gives us good support.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger Richard said...

Sofia likes massages, I don't.

Massages, vintage wines, fine cigars, jazz and abstract expressionism just don't do it for me.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Diana: Yeah, almost! But I'd love to have one even when I don't have anything that hurts...oh, that's never the case!

Jocelyn: I guess I should get sore muscle badges! Did you do too much snowshoeing? You look like you are very fit!

Gr: Yeah, if blogging was my job, I could get Worker's Compensation!!

RDG: No, not me...I'm not that relaxed! I chatter to her almost the whole time!

You have to get back down to Georgia! Or better still, Guatemala! What a deal!
Anything to even out or get RID of cellulite is okay by me.

You should see the therapist's muscles and NO cellulite!

You're so welcome. Glad to see you blog-hopping.

Steve: It's okay, Steve, we know what you mean! Must be those posts you've been writing lately! I just won't let her read this...good thing you're far away...she has her black belt in Karate!

Barbara: I know! His office chairs are all great. Anyway, he's getting one at Staples soon!

(Cobbler's kids go barefoot!)

Richard: I'm with Sofia on massage!
What don't you like about them, I wonder? Do they hurt? Do you feel your personal space is invaded? Would it matter if it was a male or female doing it?
My old therapist was excellent and her husband hated massages! He would push back with his muscles and resist! Very odd!
I'm with you on everything else but jazz...I do love most of it!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogger Richard said...

I may have been a little harsh on jazz, but I couldn't think of the particular style I really dislike. There is a discordant style where everyone seems to be improvising differently and independently that really annoys. But there are certainly some nice jazzy tunes. One of the things I like about spy shows from the 60s was their use of jazzy music.

Unlike many people, I have a hard time letting go, loosening up. My personal space is very large and very private and very few people are allowed into it. People trying to enter into it will experience resistance. It is something I am working on, but I suppose we all are working on aspects of our lives.

I am one of those who would definitely find a massage tension inducing.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Richard: I know exactly what dischordant jazz you mean and I can't listen to much at all either. Kevin Breit does Fusion Jazz and I left the concert at intermission!

You probably are not alone with the letting go aspect. You wouldn't believe the people who my husband tries to do Chiropractic adjustments on who are so held in, they have to go to 20 min. of massage first or he just can't be successful.
I had a theory that if those people like you, would have regular massage done by their spouses, (which presumably would eliminate the uptight and trust issues) then they'd gradually get accustomed to it and let another person massage. I figured if your muscles get sore enough, you'd be willing to let anyone work on them. I don't know now because of my massage therapist's husband who didn't support that. What do you think?

I always thought the therapist's could offer a few hour mini-course for partners/spouses to learn some basic techniques so they could do some massage on each other. I'm lucky my husband knows a lot already and I've picked up a lot from him and all the massage therapists I've been to.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Blogger Richard said...

I never feel my muscles are tight and sore. I rarely get cramps - and if I do, they pass quickly.

Although, and I am not sure if this is a consequence of aging or simply changing virus', lately, when I come down with a cold, I my lower back gets sore at the onset - usually, it is my clue that I am gettign sick, sinc ethe next day it is gone and I am all stuffed up.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Blogger RennyBA said...

Not only do you need a new chair, you might need a new physiotherapist too!

Anyway: wishing you a wonderful weekend:-)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Richard:You are lucky not to have anything sore..I always have something sore and getting up in the morning is terrible...I sometimes used to take tylenol just to get me going with less pain and then a hot jaccuzi.

My husband just came in the room and I asked him about your back observation and he said your sore back is likely a part of a virus and doesn't suggest a back problem. You would have pain at other times too. My upper arms get sore when I'm just getting the flu.

Renny: I just came back from a massage and I feel good! And I'm getting a new chair tonight!
Thanks, you have a good one too!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Blogger LynClay said...

I've never had a professional massage and ah I bet it feels I'm obsessing on getting one of those chiropractic chairs you mentioned for my computer desk LOL! My right shoulder feels like it's being pulled out of the socket if I stay on the puter very long, not to mention an achy back, ouch ouch!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Blogger TorAa said...

Would you mind share this relaxing moments more often:) My shoulders dropped down, as I was just there.

If you have the opportunity, just visit our cybercruise. And if, inspired, do a song, and post it for our audience. Premium: At least one lunch in Oslo

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynclay: You must spend a lot of time hunched over while painting and on the computer! You would love massage. Try it and you'll go back for more!

Toraa: Ha! You could feel her magic across the miles, eh?!!
I've gone to Renny's but I'll hit the others' too. It is such a neat idea! I'd post a song if I knew how!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Blogger Bobealia... said...

I'm with ya. I need a new chair too.
Let's sue Blogger for back pain (I'm a true American now.)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Anonymous colleen said...

A massage therapist once told me I was toned too. I think it meant that my skin was tight to my bones and not hanging loose. I don't work out hardly. But I think the toned thing runs in my family. We can even be oveweight but toned. I never forgot her comment.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Anonymous Coll said...

I keep telling myself that I should really start getting messages. I can so relate to the sore shoulders and back.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Hey, it's worth a try!

Colleen:I don't think my skin is that tight to my're blessed for sure!

Coll: I have a plan that covers some but I get one every week. It's great..try it!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Blogger Annelisa said...

:-) seems I was away longer than I thought... looks like dozens of comments in between!

You know you're getting a better chair? Maybe you should get a higher table/ desk at the same time, so you don't have to hunch! Ever tried one of those stools fro the back, which kind of lean forward, then you stop yourself falling off the stool by resting your feet on this special footrest underneath?

Well, don't get one! :-D

Just kidding. Just because I couldn't balance on one doesn't meant they aren't good for you, or other people can't use them!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Blogger Old Lady said...

I bet you were sore after that! Stretches are so easy to do, but I get lazy about doing them! Until I get a kink, then I go back to doing them.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Annelisa: Those chairs sound weird! And, no, I have terrible balance...I'd fall face first onto the keyboard! I can adjust the height of my new chair!

Old Lady: Yeah, my body has so many kinks in it an any given time, I could hire a full time massage therapist! (Well, I couldn't afford one but they'd have their work cut for them!)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Blogger brooksba said...

Decent desk chairs are essential! Actually, I think the most expensive piece of furniture in my apartment is my desk chair. But it is nice. Hope you find a good chair soon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


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