I do love to pamper myself. I may not have kids, but I have a big kid, aka Mr. Judy, and I have the furkids. And then there’s the parents. Yes, like most women, I have a tendency to put the needs of others before my own.
The old flight attendant line is true, though: you really do need to put on your oxygen mask before you can help others.
I try to get a massage monthly, although sometimes months do go by without one. There are a lot of opinions on whether or not massage is actually helpful for runners, but in general, the consensus is yes. If I could have a daily or weekly massage, I absolutely would!
I am not a nurse or a doctor but here are some links on the benefits of massage for runners:
- The powerful benfits of massage for runners
- The pros and cons of massage for runners
- Massage for runners: the what, when, and how
My massage seat
I mentioned that I took home a massage seat from my parents. They don’t seem to miss it. Their loss is my gain.
You’d think I’d use it every day, but I have to set it up and typically I think about using it at night, when Gizmo likes to lay on me, and he doesn’t like it. I do try to use it at least once a week, often after my long run.
You can get a similar one (from the same company) here (Amazon Affiliate link). Yes, it’s pricey, but then when you think about what I pay for an actual massage — totally worth it to me. Plus I didn’t have to pay for it, if you don’t count the half a year working on my parents’ home.
My foot spa
It’s bulky and awkward to fill and clean, so again, I don’t use it as often as I’d like to — which would be several times a week. But when I do . . . sheer bliss. Both my massage seat and my foot spa are heated.
You might notice a theme going on here.
You can buy my foot spa on Amazon (affiliate link) here. Yes, it’s the same company that makes the massage seat.
My towel warming rack
This was a gift from Mr. Judy several years ago. I use it year round. In fact, as I type, I’ve got some towels warming on it because I’m about to go shower. Nothing like wrapping yourself in a warm towel when you step out of the shower.
I know sometimes I get really chilled after a cold long run, and it’s not until I’ve showered and dried off with a nice warm towel that I begin to feel human again.
I love me some treats as much as the next gal. It doesn’t take long following me to see that. But most of the time I eat relatively healthy. Why? Because it makes me feel good. Put crappy gas in your car, and you’re not going to get very far. Food is fuel for humans.
I shared with you that I hope I can inspire you. And I really hope I can inspire you to see that healthy eating isn’t a punishment, and can be downright tasty. Sometimes it can be the difference between a good race and a bad one, or a good workout and a bad one — you get the picture.
So yes, I absolutely consider eating well to be one of the ways I pamper myself.
So let me know in the comments:
How do you pamper yourself?
Ever heard of — or tried — halotherapy?
What was the best pampering experience you ever had?