Maya is a blogger for Maya's Happy Place with almost four decades of personal experiences with rare and common allergies.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit I was a member of seven different gyms since I was a teenager. I was getting tired of those Cindy Crawford workout videos which were my saving grace during the winters before the Wii was invented. Sooner or later, you realize nothing compares to watching the angst and determination on the faces of people in the gym while you attempt to secretly race whomever is on the machine next to you. You don't care who wins or loses...you just know sweating as much as them is your own personal badge of glory.
I used to have chronic neck pain and knots in my back due to carpel tunnel from an accident over a decade ago.
Then one day I experienced a shooting pain from a pulled muscle I had woken up to. I went to my doc and also casually mentioned a dull neck ache that occurred from time to time which would turn into migraines. He ordered an X-ray of my chest and neck.
It was arthritis and I would need physical therapy weekly. Of course I asked, "Does it ever go away?"
My youth felt like it was just swept away from under me. I thought arthritis only happened to senior citizens.
That day, I drove home with a shiny brand new prescription for a physical therapist, which I never filled.
I'm not promoting going against your doctors orders and what you do after reading this article is all at your own risk. I am simply sharing my own unbiased experience and story so you can take what you want from it and do as you wish. Obviously if you've had serious injury or any serious health conditions, definitely talk to a doctor before trying any kind of deep tissue massage from a machine or human being.
The HydroMassage at Planet Fitness: A Little Piece of Heaven
What my doc didn't know was that for the past two years, I had been using the 'hydro'. This powerful contraption at Planet Fitness relieved my neck pain so much that I didn't even know I had arthritis in my neck. It's basically a waterbed which contains jacuzzi jets on speed moving up and down the middle of your body from head to toe. Black card member Planet Fitness benefits include full use of the 'hydromachine' also known as the HydroMassage Machine. This amazing contraption even kneaded out hard knots in my back.
I began experimenting with the machine.
If a certain knot I had was more toward a side of my body that laying flat on my back couldn't reach, I tried turning a little more to the left or right depending upon where it was. I'm sure many of you have experienced the sensation of someone hitting the exact knot during massage turning into a weakened and vulnerable Herbal Essences commercial, hot red shame all over your face.
Luckily, the HydroMachine (and you) are in a darkened room usually located 25-50ft from the workout machines and other people. Don't get any other ideas. If you lay face down, you could seriously potentially hurt yourself and possibly ruin all chances of future generations of geniuses such as yourself.
The 'Golden Ticket' of Planet Fitness
I'm going to share with you a little secret which I'm sure is not really a secret (since I'm sure many of you know this already). Something that I call the 'Golden Ticket' of Planet Fitness (Willy Wonka reference).
I consider this next technique the best little 'reward' for a workout well done. With the hydro's simple touch-screen interface, you can easily 'pause' the machine at spots you need for whatever percentage of your time on the machine you want. If you 'pause' the machine at about knee level, you simply bend your knees and plant your feet in that spot for the ultimate foot massage. If you know anything about reflexology, your feet are connected to numerous meridians and nerves that flow throughout your body.
If you're not used to foot massages, it will probably tickle like crazy, but once you relax into it, you won't feel like you're in the gym anymore.
I've been asked to switch gyms by friends and had the opportunity to a few times. The question remains the same.
"Do they have a massage machine?"
"They have a massage chair."
Sigh. "I think I'll stick with my hydro...er, Planet Fitness. Thanks!"
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Maya Marcotte (author) from NY on September 12, 2015:
Thank you! Actually, yes I have heard that. However it has to really be targeted in those areas which might be hard to get at since the jets in this machine only go up and down the bed. You basically sink into it, too, so the most coverage you can really get is probably the middle five inch area from head to toe. Unless you're playing Twister which I highly advise against! =) I have moved over so the machine gets the back of my arms, one by one and that seems to work, but remember, this is all at your own risk! You also sign a waiver for membership.
Oh, here's the article:
Hope that helps and thank you for commenting and stopping by!
James from The Eastern Bypass on September 12, 2015:
It is a great article. Is it true that massage offers temporary relieve for people with cellulite?. I really like massage, I wanna try this new one.