I recently had a new client. This client was a male, in his mid 40's and had never had a professional massage before. He actually made the appointment because he had injured his back and was in a lot of pain, so the focus of the massage was naturally on his back. After the massage he made a comment that I thought was very poignant. His comment was "I have been cheating myself all these years." He felt after the massage, (and not just because of the pain he was in) that he had been cheating himself and his body of not getting the relief and relaxation that he deserves. So it made me wonder, how many other people are cheating themselves? Are you cheating yourself of being relaxed? Of being stress-free? Or pain-free? Do you wonder what it would be like to not to be in pain? So many of us live our lives in pain and just 'deal with it' day after day, month after month, and for some, year after year, just figuring the pain will go away, yet it doesn't. When they finally do seek help they expect and want instant relief. However, it doesn't come instantly. If you've been living in pain for a while, expect that however long that pain has been there that most likely it will take that long for the pain to be released. And stop cheating yourself!