At-home massages a comfortable means to working out the kinks

Envision this scenario: you roll out of bed, have a cup of coffee, take care of a few chores around the house — and the doorbell rings.

It’s a massage therapist, ready to whisk you away into a world of tranquility, relaxation and incredibly happy muscles. Physically, you do not need to go anywhere besides the massage table the therapist has set up.

The added stress driving to and from a spa does not exist.

Neither do the worries about being late. And, the anxiety of being unclothed in a strange building is gone. You are in a state of complete relaxation.

That feeling exists for Jodi Bixon of Toms River, who says at-home massages are a no-brainer. She’s been getting them for more than 10 years.

“It’s done in my house because who wants to get up and go somewhere else?” asks Bixon, who receives weekly massages to treat her rheumatoid arthritis. “I endorse it 100 percent.”

An at-home massage is an alternative, but more convenient, method of achieving relaxation, explains Colleen Jefferis, owner of The Pampered Soul Mobile Massage and Spa.

“Now, people are like, ‘massage is for your health’ ” says Jefferis, who treats Bixon. “We’re trying to get the message across that taking care of yourself is about your health. You have to take care of your body.”

Bixon agrees.

“A lot of people would benefit from this,” says Bixon. “Some may call it ‘sissy’ or ‘pampering,’ but it’s not. It’s taking care of your body. You only get one.”

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