25 September 2008

WFMW - Massages for Mommy

I'm joining in Works For Me Wednesday again, hosted by Shannon over at Rocks In My Dryer. My tip is how to get massages as frequently as you want (pretty much).

Use child labour.

I can hear you protesting now: but my kids don't find it fun and get bored too quickly! They have tiny poky little fingers! They don't have the strength in their hands for a nice deep pressure!

Here's the tip: settle yourself straddling a chair (so you can rest your head on your arms on the back of the chair), settle your child on a chair behind you, put on a story for them to listen to and give your child a car.

That's right, give them a car. Find a toy car that fits nicely into your child's hand and has big, sturdy wheels.

They can now run the car all over your back (and even press nice and hard if you like a hard massage like I do) and it feels wonderful. You can tell them your shoulder blades are rocks that they have to navigate around and your shoulders are hills they can drive up on to.

My 6yo Daniel had a great time doing this for me yesterday ... of course, it helps that he has discovered the thrill of filthy lucre and was getting paid for his labours.

But that works for me so we're both happy.

Enjoy your massage!

Click on over to Shannon's blog for more great tips.

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  1. Hey whatever works.. I am so going to try that this evening!

  2. Oh you wicked slave driving, sheeming, clever as a button mommy you! I so love that idea, if Miss P ever gets to playing with cars, I'll just get her to try that.

    I've always wanted to join WFMW, but I can never think of anything good.

  3. I do this all the time with my nephew - and sometimes we tell him the two cars are racing. That way he does it over and over again so he can see who wins :)

    great post!

  4. What a clever idea! My three year old son would adore doing this. Now, my two year old daughter on the other hand, would likely thump me on the head with the car. Different personalities for sure. : )

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Now THAT's a great idea! I was wondering how you could get a kid to do it. :)

  6. I have had that done by my toy car obbsessed little boy, so I agree whole heartedly... great tip.

  7. I can't believe there's other mothers doing this! My jaw literally dropped when I read this and I called my DH to tell him that we are not 'weird' for 'using' our DS to get a massage every now and then.

    I don't sit in a chair though, I just take advantage of the moment wherever I am sitting, eg at my desk and DS is playing with his cars in my office, then I'll ask him to ride his cars on my arm and he doesn't mind. Though he has started asking for back rubs in return, I've always given him back rubs and now he is realising how GOOD a massage can feel!

    Glad to know we are not the only ones!!

  8. That is an awesome idea.


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