Okay, let's first admit it: you need a massage. You needed it yesterday. Badly. But you can't justify taking the time off work to go get it. Even though you know it will make everything better:
- You feel lighter and less stressed,
- You're more focused for work, and beyond that,
- You're nicer at the office, at home, for your special someone, or your kids,
- And best, you just feel like yourself again.
Your boss knows this, too. He could definitely use one too, and benefit from the same advantages (see list above). So why do you feel bad asking for time off to treat yourself to massage therapy and real, actual healing? Is your body in pain? Do you crack your neck just for relief? Can you feel the tension when you roll your shoulders back right now?
We make special arrangements for emergencies, surgeries, specialists, and even the dentist. Massage therapists should be no different! In fact, we do the best job of keeping the others away (other than maybe dentists. Unless you feel spontaneously compelled to floss more after being super relaxed).
So this is what you say to your boss when you're dedicated to keeping your massage appointment:
"Hey John, I need to get off early on Tuesday because I have an appointment with a specialist. They're almost impossible to book, so I'm glad I was finally able to get in. They say I need to see them every month to keep on top of things. And I need to keep this appointment or else I won't be able to book them again for way too long, and I'd hate the the situation to get worse and I'd have to miss more work." If they ask what's the issue, just tell them: "It's a sensitive personal matter and I'd rather keep it between myself and my health professional. But I promise I'll be better after my appointment and I'll be ready to return on Wednesday, bright, shiny as new, and ready to go."
*** Remember to personalize this message and practice out loud! Feel the emotions behind what you're saying and you're a shoe-in.
All of my clients tell me how much better they feel after they've have a Massage therapy treatment with me, and that it's always been too long since their last one. Don't let this year start without putting yourself first.
And get a massage therapy treatment. A good one. You really deserve it!
Happy 2018. CHEERS!