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Body Work

on August 2, 2015

It’s Sunday.  I woke up, ate a healthy, tasty breakfast, and then went to the massage therapist.  I think I’ve mentioned before that she puts the “therapy” in massage therapy.  The woman is gifted and even with years of experience, she continues to learn more about the body and how to work on it for healing.  She worked a lot on my legs to accompany the other things I’ve done to promote healing.  When the session was finished, my entire body and mind felt terrific.

I wrote her a check and had to chuckle.  Most of the checks I’ve written in recent weeks have been to pay for sessions and experiences dedicated to my health and well-being.  A facial, manicures, a pedicure, acupuncture, massage therapy.

Clearly, it’s all about me right now.  I have a hair appointment on Tuesday.  I categorize that as something for my well-being, too.

The point is that I am willing to invest in the things that make me feel good and help to take care of my body.  The facial addresses my skin.  The acupuncture is clearly helping me in a variety of ways from pain reduction to cutting down inflammation to staying on track with my food plan.  The massage therapy doesn’t need any more explanation.

The manicure, pedicure and hair appointment?  Yes, I can make a case for health and well-being in those areas, even if the end results that are obvious to the eye are prettier hands, feet and hair.  The nail treatments condition my hands and feet.  The hair treatment, well, I think it really does help my over all hair condition too.

Body work is good for us.  Treating ourselves well, whether externally, internally or a combination of both, goes deeper than just the physical.  The results are so positive for us emotionally, mentally and, ultimately, spiritually.  With my eating disorder, I damage myself physically and emotionally.  This messes me up in my mental process and dulls my spirit.  I can easily begin to believe the crap that my disease says to me and think badly of myself.  So, taking the time and making the effort to restore myself assists my overall program of recovery.

These sessions don’t come cheap, although at $30 I think the acupuncture is darned near a bargain, but I think they deliver high quality return on my investment.   When I’m healthy and in a good, strong place with managing my disorder, I spend a heck of lot less money on food.  I also waste less food.  So, I think it’s fine for me to take those food dollar savings and put them toward a treatment.

I matter.  My health and well-being are important.  I’m worth these efforts to support myself.

So are you.

 

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2 responses to “Body Work

  1. Everything you write makes sense. Out here in SoCal, $30 for an acupuncture session is unheard of. Happy to hear it’s helping.

    • Mary Stella says:

      The $30 is for what the practitioner arranges during “community” sessions. She has a lovely room with five comfy chairs. You can make an appt to come anytime during the two hours and relax with your needles applied for a half an hour. Since it isn’t a private room/session, it’s less expensive.

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