Jim, I'd like to help make your decision between exercise and massage a bit easier.
Did you know that some modalities of massage stimulates the muscles in a manner similar to exercise? Russian athletes use massage in the off season when they aren't training, to maintain their muscle mass, and this has been one of the reasons they have historically excelled at sports. Massage is an essential portion of any training program and accelerates recovery. It not only lowers stress hormones, but helps to remove toxins from the body via increased circulation. That same increased circulation will also help to increase metabolism, so massage could also be used as a weight maintenance/weight loss tool, just like exercise.
So if you prefer the massage, consider getting one more frequently, every week, maybe more.