I've had a few massages before (the first being a parting gift from my former Frommer's coworkers, who thought I needed it pretty badly). But it had been four years since my last one, so basically I was a bag of muscle knots.
The masseuse said I was pretty much locked up, with knots up and down my "mouse arm" and all over my back. She even found some in my hips, which I hadn't even noticed ("You can only process so many pain messages," she said).
Her diagnosis: Too much time sitting in one position editing all day. She advised me to get up and walk around as much as possible. She also thinks that maybe I don't breathe when I edit (as evidenced by my poorly oxygenated muscles). I concentrate so hard that I forget to breathe.
The takeaways for anyone who spends a lot of time on the computer at work (especially editors):
- Get up and take breaks.
- Get regular massages (as Ferris said, "I highly recommend it if you have the means").
Of course today I am in serious pain, slumped over like Gollum. I really need to do this more often and it wouldn't be so bad. Maybe I can figure out a way to deduct it as an unreimbursed business expense...