“When you touch a body, you touch the whole person, the intellect, the spirit, and the emotions.” – Jane Harrington

As you may already know, massage can enhance your emotional and physical well being. Whether you need a moment of relaxation, to reduce muscle tension, or even to attain relief from chronic pain, you can receive generous benefits from regular massage.

Of course, sometimes the cost may feel prohibitive. Here are three ways to get your massage on the cheap:

Visit a massage therapy school – Ever since my sister, Susan, a massage therapist herself, told me about the low cost massages offered at massage therapy schools, I've made regular massage a part of my life. Although the therapists are students in training, you'll be surprised with how wonderfully delicious and enjoyable the massages are. Frankly, I find that they are often comparable to those I've received at expensive spas.

Partner massage – Whether you grab a lover or simply a friend, you and your partner can each take turn playing the massage therapist while the other basks in relaxation. While it's illegally that either you or your partner possesses the expertise of a licensed massage therapist, you can still enhance your emotional and physical well being through partner massage. And if you're particularly interested in enhancing your massage skills, there are a number of couple's massage classes you can take.

Self massage – Obviously, self massage can be the most convenient type of massage. And while you can do it any time, self-massage can be especially nice before bed, as it can help to facilitate deep sleep. A great way to engage in self-massage is to pour a small amount of oil into your palm and rub your hands together to warm it up. Begin the massage by rubbing one foot, then the other, making sure to get between the toes and gently pulling each individual toe. As you slowly move upwards, you can rub in a circular motion or up and down, spending as much time as you like on each body part. Try to cover all areas and engage your mind by appreciating each body part as you massage it. You may even want to play some relaxing music and finish off with a scalp massage.

Going forward, hopefully you'll actually start incorporating massage into your life. Taking time for this type of indulgence can be liberating for the way it gives you a taste of what really matters in life, but is often overlooked … YOURSELF and your well being!