I care about my appearance. My hair and nails have to be done. I always treat myself to some fab threads.. but I have a confession. I don’t treat my body. I know it’s a problem. The random ache here and there reminds me that it is a problem. We need to do better! Yes, I am adding you in this too. I always push massages off as something to do later that never gets done. I don’t make time for massages just excuses on why I don’t get them regularly. Two years ago during my last massage the masseuse told me about the benefits of massages for people with Lupus. That was two years ago. Sad. Massage Therapy doesn’t just benefit people with Lupus it benefits everyone especially if you workout. Massages helps athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts and relaxes overworked muscles. Want to improve your range of motion and increase your joint flexibility? Get a massage. Massages Therapy improve circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs and enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow. Say goodbye to the Grandma-Back-Grab when getting off the couch because massages will reduce back pain, spasms and cramps. The condition of your skin should improve because massages promote tissue regeneration which reduces scar tissue and stretch marks. I love chocolate (dark chocolate because it’s better for you and especially after 12 Days A Vegan Video! ) I rarely buy it because I will go crazy over it..Never just one piece! I could eat chocolate for every meal which is a no no. I am an adult and this is not Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory..Grow up T! It is a good thing that Massage Therapy releases endorphins (amino acids that work as the body natural pain killers… makes you happy!) I can have less dark chocolate and more massages and get the same feeling. It really is a shame. I’m typing right now feeling neglected by myself! Who do you blame when it’s you? I’m going to make time for TLC (not the R&B girl group..TLC = Tender Loving Care) We all have a lot going on in our lives. I still think people with children are superheroes because it looks so overwhelming. I could only imagine how difficult it is to have a career, fit life and kids..and here I come saying you should make massage appointments when your schedule is already overbooked. It is a must! You have to take care of yourself! I have to take care of myself. We can’t be on the go and forget to show ourselves some love. If you have Lupus and you’re not experiencing a flare up you should get a massage to help with joint and muscle pain. Trust that I know how painful it is to exercise and have joint pain. I personally push past my pain but I understand that it’s levels to Lupus and that we all handle pain differently. Purple Reign and Massage Therapy could be a big help on your fitness journey. We all need a little TLC and to take time out for ourselves. Go spoil yourself darling..You deserve it!