As for the not enjoying it........can you, and I hesitate to use this phrase....."reframe it"
1. Make it more enjoyable by creating a more enjoyable/conducive environment in which to w/o.
2. If you're a competitive person, start competing against yourself by setting achieveable targets and reward yourself for achieving them.
3. Again, turn the exercise itself into a medium for body/muscle awareness. Close your eyes when you lift and feel the muscles work. This practice translates very well into relaxation exercises and meditation.
I've worked out to Tibetan meditation themes/music/sounds in this manner and have found it to be very therapeutic for both mind and body.
The focus should not be so much on the pushing against the weight and yelling and groaning etc (that's fun too) but focusing inward with a mind trained on the movement, almost willing the weight to move rather than focusing your energy outward. Ya, I know, kinda cryptic but we can pm if you don't quite get it.
4. Positive and negative or good or bad, are only our reflections/perceptions of what is transpiring around us. We have the ultimate and final authority to decide how we are going to react. So, decide that it is not something you dislike. Decide instead that you will have an open mind about it and you will do it without deciding whether or not you like it. And perhaps in time you may decide that you do like it. It is beneficial, it does fit into your mindset about treating your body with respect BUT if it really isn't for you it isn't for you.
Excellent Post Phoenix!
The chiropractor is great although many on this board will disagree. Mind you he hasn't doen any spine work beyond making sure things are in-line.
I have heard good and bad things about chiropractors. My father uses one now (after a major car accident) and always feels so much better after he is finished a session. I really think it's like finding the right physician, some are great some are aweful. It sounds like you found a great one.
I've never had a massage but I'm thinking I'll treat myself to that some time soon as well.
Myself either. I once had a gift cert for one, but never went. The thought of some stranger touching me......eek.