Wednesday, May 21, 2008

In praise of massages

At Mellow Monk, we're all about mellow — getting mellow and staying that way. Green tea can be more than just a drink; it can be the center of stress-busting tea breaks.

But sometimes to relax the mind, you need to relax the body, and a great way to relax the body is with a modern version of an age-old art: massage.

To find a massage therapist, start by asking around. (Or try this site.) Ask your co-commuters or coworkers (or your company may even have someone who comes onsite). Or ask the guy at Starbucks you're chatty with. (Why do I have a feeling that every Starbucks has at least one employee who is or knows a massage therapist.)

After you've tried one massage therapist a couple of times, try a different one. You'll probably find that you like one more than the other, because of a difference in technique or professionalism, for instance. That knowledge will help you shop smarter next time.

You may find in the end that massage just isn't for you. Then again, you may find that getting a good massage can be the key that unlocks the door to releasing a whole lot of stress that's accumulated in your body over the years. That's how it was for me.

—Mellow Monk

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