If you have ever had a massage, you know how wonderful you feel afterward. They can be expensive. But can you afford not to splurge?

I broke some ribs a few years ago and they did not grow back straight. They will pop out occasionally if I move wrong when my muscles are extremely tight and tense. It is a painful experience to have them popped back into place, and I usually get a massage prior to having that done or they won’t stay in. Besides help with injuries, massages help to relieve stress. It can help relieve stress in our body by loosening up tense muscles and creating blood flow.

I also get huge knots in my shoulders and neck from sitting in front of the computer for many hours on end. These knots become a source of pain. Pain that radiates into my back and legs; headaches stem from these same problem areas. The worst part is when I have numbness in my fingers and hands due to these knots blocking the blood flow into my arms and hands.

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When my children lived at home, I would bribe them to put their little bony elbows into my shoulders and lean in to relieve the pressure. Today my husband and I trade off massaging each other; this has other benefits as well. We are both more relaxed and less irritable, and it gives us an opportunity for intimacy that might otherwise go unrealized.

There are many types of massage ranging from light touch to deep tissue. Prices vary depending on the type you want and where you go to get it. You are probably going to pay more at an exclusive day spa.

Massages should not be exclusive to the wealthy. It can help you be healthier, according to the Mayo Clinic. Here are a few ways you can get yourself a much needed massage when you don’t have the money in your budget. Don’t neglect yourself. And don’t feel guilty, because you deserve a massage.

Insurance:

Some insurance companies do cover massages. Call your provider to see if it is covered under your plan. If not, some do offer discounts with service providers in your area.

Trade off:

Do a trade off with your partner or even a friend.

Group discounts:

Get together with a group of friends then call around and ask if you can get a group rate for x number of people all booking a massage.

Coupons:

Ask if there are any coupons or promotions running. I went for one and paid full price for the first one, but I received a coupon for $20 off the next massage for myself and $20 off for a friend

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First-time clients:

Some therapists offer a ridiculous rate for the first-time client, especially if they are just getting started and trying to establish a clientele.

School:

Contact a school for a massage, ask if they take patrons for training students. A lot of times they have very low rates or simply take tips or donations.

Barter:

If you have a skill, service or product to offer, ask for a trade.

Here is a link where you can check out the many health benefits of massage.

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When she’s not pretending to be important at her day job, Weetabix rides the prairies of Wisconsin on her trusty steed, Nickles, with her constant companion, a Pekin duck named Lucien. Together, the threesome fights crime and also solves mysteries, while educating the women of this fine land in the importance of appropriate foundation garments. She also has a personal online journal called That’s My Bix, contributes to an American Idol live blog, a half-hearted culinary companion blog, and a size-acceptance blog. You can also hear her dulcet voice on a podcast called 3 Fast 3 Furious. Weetabix’s hobbies include making peanut butter and bananas sandwiches and wearing warm socks.