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5 Reasons that Mommy Might Need a Massage

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Reasons that Mommy might Need a MassageFor a long time motherhood was painted solely as a wonderful experience during which women are happy and fulfilled all the time. Thankfully, now we know the truth: being a parent is really, really hard work. In addition to being fulfilling and rewarding, it can also be exhausting, exasperating, infuriating, and overwhelming.

Make No Mistake, You Need a Massage

It is important as a mom to take some time for yourself and decompress. Taking this time will make dealing with the rest of the stress a lot easier–don’t let anybody tell you or pressure you into believing otherwise. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to take an hour or two every week to get a massage. Science has thoroughly documented the physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come from getting regular massages.

Don’t Get Defeated, Get Proactive

Even if you aren’t able to get out of the house for a couple of hours by yourself every week (or, if we’re being honest, you do not want to bring your kids with you to your appointment, which is totally understandable), there are options for this type of therapy that are available.

You can, for example, hire a freelance therapist to provide the massage in your own home. Most freelancers/independents have portable tables that can be set up wherever you are the most comfortable.

Why You Need It

First of all, let’s be clear: “because I want it” is a perfectly reasonable reason to get a massage. Even so, you will likely be questioned by your kids, other parenting friends, maybe even your partner (and especially judgmental relatives and child-free friends). So here are just some of the reasons you deserve to take this time to yourself and decompress.

Lice: you thought that lice season (if there really were such a thing) was over now that winter is done and the kids will stop sharing hats and scarves with seemingly everyone else on the planet. Wrong! Spring is here. That means soccer, little league, etc. Kids are going to mix up their jerseys, hats, swim caps, etc. Plus, now there are super lice to deal with!

Spring Sports: speaking of sports, let’s talk about all of those afternoons out in the sun or in the rain watching your kids practice and play games. Unless you are the competitive type, usually this involves lots of standing around and talking with other moms. Often this can be fun, but there are always a couple of gossipy moms who make the situation stressful. If that weren’t enough, now you’ll be spending even more time in the car, in traffic and dealing with the stress that exists there.

Your Partner Calls it “Babysitting”: We’re not going to deny that most partners out there are getting more involved in household duties and child rearing. Most of that responsibility, however, still tends to fall on mom’s shoulders. Nobody blinks an eye when a dad needs a night out with the guys, right? Well, the same should hold true for moms. You need your afternoon or evening away just as much as your partner.

You Are Rarely Alone: Unless your kids are in their teens, more often than not they are going to want to be close to you as much as possible. This is fun when it’s quiet snuggle time. When you’re trying to use the bathroom, however, it becomes much less endearing. Even something as simple as running to the grocery store involves coordinating the littles who will throw tantrums if you even suggest that you might hire a sitter or have them stay with your partner.

Toddlers: we don’t really need to expand on this, do we?

These are just some of the reasons that you should allow yourself this very necessary and indulgent time to yourself to relax and be pampered. We’re betting you have a few of your own, right? Share them in the comments!

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12 Comments

  • Reply katie

    I feel like I definitely needed a massage after reading this, just realizing how my body feels at the end of the day and it makes me so tired. I love relaxing by enjoying a full cup of hot coffee or tea.

    March 23, 2016 at 12:19 am
  • Reply Crystal Aines

    toddler: enough said. hahahahah. currently raising a threenager (& baby) a weekly massage would be amazing 😉

    March 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Mia

    Messages are a good way for moms to relax and take care of themselves since they are always doing so much for everyone else.

    March 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    These are all great reasons! I have never had a professional massage before. But I do know that if I can go grocery shopping without the kids, it’s like a vacation for me lol! 🙂

    March 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Susanne

    I get massages on a routine basis, sometimes as often as once a week. I found I needed them especially after pregnancy because everything was sore! I also have chronic shoulder tension. Plus why wouldn’t I get them if my health plan covered 80% each visit (and free after $1k)?

    March 11, 2016 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Julia Grey-Garnett

    I had back pain after birth and a massage fixed 90% of the daily issues I was having. It’s now forever on my Christmas and Birthday gift list. 😉

    March 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    This is so true. A massage sounds like a heavenly idea.

    March 11, 2016 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    Oh. My. Gosh. A massage sounds like heaven right now. I’d “settle” for a quiet bubble bath too. lol! I struggle with doing anything just because “I want to to.” I really wish I had more time for something relaxing! lol

    March 11, 2016 at 12:40 am
  • Reply Lori Tobin

    My husband is the best at giving massages! I’m not sure about somebody else giving me one.

    March 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Sandy Cain

    I had a professional massage just once – it was totally pampering! SO relaxing! With all my arthritis and sore muscles now, I need it more than ever. With NO reaosn to explain to anyone why!

    March 10, 2016 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    I’ve never had a massage before, but they sound really nice!

    March 10, 2016 at 8:11 am
  • Reply Laura Bowman

    A massage would be wonderful right about now 😉 Good to know we are not alone in our daily struggles!

    March 10, 2016 at 8:02 am
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