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Relax Already: Swap Coffee For a Massage Break

I normally think of a massage as a relaxing treat that's more likely to put me to sleep than wake me up. But the other day, a massage taught me a lesson. Craving an afternoon caffeine fix, I instead ducked into a place near my office that does chair massages.

After a vigorous, 10-minute back, neck, and hand massage, I actually felt more awake. Better yet, my arms and upper back were tension-free, and I felt reinvigorated. Next time you're in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, why not try the same tactic? The key is keeping the massage quick, targeted, and therapeutic, rather than long and relaxing. I think you'll be surprised how much it perks you up from the afternoon slump.

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mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I have definitely had days where I run across the street for a 10 minute chair massage.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
I am always really sleepy after massages, not sure if this would work for me and make me want to take a nap!
mek123 mek123 7 years
I like the idea. At one of my clients, they had a masseuse come in once a month and you could sign up for a 10 minute chair massage.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
In the chapel in the hospital where I work, we have an "anti-stress chair". It's a vibrating chair that massages you and there's soothing music that plays as it massages you. And it's free! I don't always have time to sit there, but I might start doing it more often now. I sometimes forget it's there.
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