Your own home

do not disturbGetting a professional massage in your own home is great. In fact, some people think it’s the crème de la crème of massage experiences. You don’t have to drive anywhere. You’re in safe, familiar surroundings. And, best of all, afterwards all you have to do is roll over into your own bed or onto your own couch. The massage therapist leaves, and you float off on a wave of bliss in the comfort of your own home.

What could be better?

However, there are some downsides to the in-home massage visit. For one thing, you’re basically inviting a stranger to set up her business right in your own bedroom or your den, which is kind of an invasion of privacy. And another thing — when you’re at home, you’re surrounded by your own life. Every detail is there to remind you of your pre and post-massage existence, which may perhaps detract from the “escape” factor of your experience.

Then there are the distractions. If you have children, you can pretty much count on them wanting to crawl up on the massage table with you and “help” the nice massage person do her job. This is very endearing of the little tykes, but it’s not the straight and narrow road to total relaxation.

Only sign up for an in-home massage if you’re comfortable with other people in your private space and you can keep distractions to a minimum.

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