I just finished a very stressful semester of nursing school and was considering getting a massage from a friend of mine that is a message therapist. It sounded like a nice way to reward myself with some relaxation BUT I have not had a massage since this summer after I read Dr. Sarno's book. I used to get them at least once per month because of my symptoms. I recovered about 95% thru his book and going thru the programs on this site. I feel like a drunk asking for permission for a drink. Would it be bad and cause me to go down that road again? I am still doing well. Symptoms would come and go thoughout the semester but I knew related directly to how much pressure I was under at the time. I struggle with being mindful. I know it was stress related the way it comes and goes and shifts a little bit. I didn't make the time for my TMS work but I was always cognizant of it. I am doing a "TMS reboot" while I am on winter break. I really feel guilty for even thinking about a massage. Like this is AA or something. Ugh. Advice? I should just get the idea out of my head huh? I had started using my foam roller again a couple of weeks ago & I feel guilty about that too. I started using it because I haven't hesitated to workout and have being upping my resistance training. I was sore & the foam roller felt so good. I feel I shouldn't be doing that either. Double Ugh. Are we not allowed to have these comforts anymore?