Treat Yo Self

by carolyn on January 4, 2012

My sister, Mary, has a favorite T.V. show-‘Parks and Recreation.’ It is the foundation of many of her conversations and so, efficient lady that she is, she has taken to calling it ‘Parks & Rec’ or, if she’s in a real hurry, ‘PNR.’ (This is often confusing because her second favorite thing to talk about is NPR).

I love the show as well and find that I relate well to the characters Tom and Donna. Like Tom I am extravagant and occasionally self-centered and like Donna I thrive on sarcasm. So it’s no surprise that my favorite ‘PNR’ episode is one where Tom and Donna have ‘Treat Yo Self Day 2011.’ (Season 4, Pawnee Rangers). I would totally put the video right here ->             but I don’t know how to do that yet and I don’t know if posting it violates any sort of copyright laws. (I prefer to only break laws when I’m aware that I am doing so). So instead I encourage you to take a break from reading this and Youtube or Hulu the scene.

I’ve been under a phenomenal amount of stress lately. (One could say I was in Anxiety Prison if they were a Foursquare fanatic.) This morning my stress was augmented when I realized that I had a Living Social deal from Therapeutic Massage Specialists that was about to expire in just 4 days. I thought there was no way I would be able to redeem it in time! Much to my surprise I was able to book an appointment for tonight.

So it is in a state of post-massage relaxation/bliss that I would like to share with you some of the reasons why massages are a great way to treat yo self and help yo body stay healthy.

*Massages are a great stress reliever. Stress affects everything we do including the decisions we make regarding food and the amount and quality of sleep we get. It’s important to keep it in check!

*If you struggle with emotional issues, massages can bring a sense of peace and relaxation that is hard to find elsewhere.

*If you workout regularly (and you should!) then massages help your muscles recover faster between workouts as well as increase flexibility.

Though I didn’t wake up today knowing I would get a massage, it was a perfect and healthy ending to my day. Today I had my annual review at work and regardless of whether it went well or poorly I would typically have the same reaction–an impulse to overindulge in food and drink after work. The massage prevented me from making less healthy decisions and actually encouraged more positive decisions. I always feel invigorated after a massage and don’t want to weigh my body down with things like soda and chocolate. Instead I find myself craving water and fruit. I’m pretty sure that daily massages are the key to long term weight loss and would be happy to participate in a study testing this theory.

Thank you to Jilian at Therapeutic Massage Specialists ( for helping me be the best Carolyn I can be!





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1 Les January 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

LOVE IT! i haven’t had a massage in years because i am ticklish. Having read about all of the benefits, I can’t wait to try again.


2 carolyn January 9, 2012 at 2:46 am

there are so many more benefits that I couldn’t even list because I was afraid of going over the proverbial rate limit. I have never found massages ticklish and I consider myself a rather ticklish person. I think we need to get to the core of this issue. What is really holding you back?


3 KMay January 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

I am LOVING your blog so far! I’m so excited that I get to hear about your life through your charming, witty prose! Several things I want to tell you re: this entry: 1. Honestly and truly, I thought of you during that Parks and Rec episode. No kidding. I can see how you can relate to Tom’s preference for extravagance. However, I’ve definitely never viewed you as particularly self-centered; if anything, you have always been good at extravagantly spoiling your friends (maybe along with yourself at times, but still…)! 2. I love massages, but I have only gotten them in the past when they were included in vacations. You have inspired me to use them as a way to reward myself in a healthy way! Also, let it be known that I, too, would be willing to participate in any and all massage-related studies. Carolyn has my information, interested scientists. 3. Since I didn’t comment on your first entry, I’ll tell you here that I am looking forward to reading this blog regularly. It has been added to my bookmarks. I will be very upset with you if you don’t keep up the writing! :) Love and miss you! -Kathryn (aka KMAY)


4 carolyn January 9, 2012 at 2:44 am

lol I also feel like I/my mom relate to the scene where Tom starts a business with no objective and gives out ipads to everyone who walks through the door. As soon as my mom started playing words with friends on her ipad she wanted to buy them for everyone. Tom acts on what we all want in our hearts! Thanks for reading! I miss you to the point that I would probably give you a massage for coming to Savannah. And by that I mean pay for one rather than personally give you one.


5 Cat January 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I totally 100% agree about the benefits of a good massage. Let me know if you find a study to participate in because I’d definitely be game! Brandon is awesome at Therapeutic Massage Specialists too… he’s the owner. :) Go treat yourself to another one girl!!


6 carolyn January 9, 2012 at 2:45 am

I think I saw him there! I miss you. Let’s do nails soon (treat yo self)


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