What is your definition of summer fun?



Y ee-haw! Summer is almost here! I have heard from many people how tired they were of our long winter this year and how they are so ready for some warmth. I get it. I too am ready for warmer weather. E ven though many Minnesotans enjoy winter with activities that may or may not take them outside, I think that eventually people reach a point where they get tired of having to bundle up and they relish the chance to ditch the winter gear for a warmer venue; a chance to play in the sunshine and actually feel the warmth on their faces. I believe everyone has their own definition of what summer means to them. For me it means enjoying time with my horse and riding with my friends as we make plans to fill our summer with trail rides. Whether it’s riding new trails or visiting old haunts, it doesn’t matter, it’s the thrill of being on our horses. The connection we feel with our four-legged friends is all that matters. T o quote Helen Thompson, “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” So true. For us the season is never long enough. If anything, it’s too short. So we make the best of it, packing in as much time on the trails as possible. W hat is your definition of summer fun? Is it putting the kayak in the one of thousands of lakes, we have available to us in Minnesota? Is it going fishing with family and friends? Is it spending time at the family cabin and having family cook-outs? Is it running Grandma’s half or full marathon? These are all memory- making events. They help us to remember with fondness the good times, the goofy times, and the glue times. Yes – glue times. Memories are what bind us together. They are the glue in our relationships.



W hile we are busy making memories and enjoying our summer fun, one more factor that can be added into the mix is getting a massage. It is a great way to keep the summer fun rolling along. If you have never had a massage before then you may be a little puzzled by that last sentence. Let me explain.

Massage is a wonderful way to enhance the relaxation of summer. It helps let your body release the tension you may have been feeling from whatever’s been bothering you. Maybe you have accrued sore muscles from playing in the sunshine, training for a road race, or the many hours spent gardening. Think of having a massage as the frosting on the cake for summer enjoyment. I have a client who is getting ready for a trip to Jamaica. I told her that if they offer massage on the beach, she should do it. Her response was, “Oh, yes.” I believe it would be a really nice experience and a great memory of her trip. W hile I haven’t had the opportunity to have a massage on the beach, I can’t help but think how wonderful it would be to feel the ocean breeze on my skin and hear the waves crashing, all while my muscles are being cajoled into relaxing…ahhh.

So, go make some summer fun and remember to add massage to your list.

Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia, MN. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218-410-2144.

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