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Lose the Freshman 15: Treat yourself to a massage, Stay healthy

Finals are finished, and I feel like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders.

But for some reason, not all of that weight was gone after I took my last final. 

So what’s a girl to do? Book a pre-birthday massage appointment? I think yes. 

And I have some good news. 

According to SELF, getting a massage has health benefits. It can even help relieve anxiety and lower blood pressure. 

Your new diet may have motivated you to hit the gym more often. Exercise is great, but it may make you tense. A trip to a masseuse can help. 

A Swedish massage or a deep tissue massage is perfect for post-workout pain, according to SELF.

“Long gliding strokes, kneading and friction aid in dilating blood vessels to lessen muscle pain that occurs after exercise,” SELF says. 

And less than a minute into my massage, the masseuse asked me two things: Are you a student? Do you exercise a lot? 

My answers: yes and yes.

The masseuse then continued to explain why my identity was so obvious. College students are constantly on their computers. Whether they are surfing the web or writing a paper, computers are a part of their everyday lives.

And it makes us tense. The way we type can make our shoulders tense up, creating those dreaded knots. 

But there are ways to help reduce the knots in our shoulders without paying for a massage. The masseuse said I should apply heat to my shoulders for 15 minutes a day to loosen up my muscles. 

A massage is exactly what I needed. I feel relaxed and ready for another day. 

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