Walk up to a Nigerian and tell him or her “guy/babe why you no dey go Spa now?” and the eye contact you will receive ehn (will just tell you to park well and dey your lane). The average Nigerian doesn’t see the need for things like a spa session, facials, massage etc. Mention all these things to him or her and all the person is hearing is EXPENSIVE, TOO COSTLY. As this ideology has been created that anything spa, massage is a “big man thing”- only people with too much money can get to pamper themselves.
We only believe in things that we perceive as tangible, as we prefer spending money on things that we can see. Tell people, “let’s go to Elegushi beach” and the response would be “Ah! Oya, turn up”, but tell them “let’s go for a massage”, they will start giving you stories that touch (“times are hard”, “you know say I no get time for all these things now”). There is a huge cultural detachment from things that are meant to improve our health. We would rather wait until the last minute, when things start getting bad with our health, then we start running back and forth looking for deliverance.
Interestingly, we are all guilty of taking the little things for granted, eating right, getting enough rest, exercise, getting a good massage (not telling your children or siblings to walk on your back) and the likes. Yet, we always complain of different joint pains and we just go about like the body will auto correct itself. The body requires ‘Tender Loving Care’ (yes I said it, your body needs TLC), otherwise it would not function at 100%. The conditions we go through at work, school, and at home is enough to put a lot of stress on the body (body no be wood).
Truth is, we must find a way to take care or our bodies. We must eat healthy, exercise, cut out unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking and essentially, you must go for a massage session at least once every month. Do you know that a good massage allows your body to release endorphins (a chemical that helps against depression, and is a natural pain and stress reliever)? Taking away that incessant headache? Do you know that a good massage also helps relax the muscle and tissues? Giving your body better blood circulation and relieving you of constant body ache? Things like this which improve the quality of ones life should NEVER be considered as expensive. At the very least, it should bee seen as affordable.
Because at Jajawaka, we know that it would be almost impossible to convince the average Nigerian about wellness and beauty via word of mouth, we decided to create a market place. An online marketplace where you can find all the wellness and beauty services of your choice, located within your environment, giving you the ability to compare deals amongst service providers and best of all, book a deal for an amazingly low price.
Do not wait till your body cannot handle it anymore, do not wait until there is no medical solution and do not wait until it is time for a miracle, start taking care of your body today.