As a massage therapist I’ve had some truly moving moments with clients. Pretty much all massage sessions bring something unique and amazing to me. I learn from each session, I gain insights and great enjoyment from letting my hands and stones heal and help the person lying on the massage table.
In spirit of the season, I want to share some of my best massage experiences and give thanks for being allowed to be part of these incredible touching and insightful experiences.
The first was while I still practised massaging for my exam and certification. A young mother was so touched by the release and relaxation that she cried after the massage. The touch and compassion gave her something she strongly needed at that time. To be taken care of, to be looked after, to be loved and treated well. A wonderful break from the stressful life of motherhood, especially with a first baby. It was such a remarkable experience for me to see how powerful my touch can be and to be shown this complete trust by a stranger.
A Cocooning can bring such intense reactions from the client. An elderly woman, widowed years ago and very spiritually aware, received the stones as they were her friends. They helped her release old pains, fears and uncertainties. They brought her into contact with her higher self. That I could be there for her, while she cried out all those old emotions was heart-touching.
Wry-neck can be a tough one to battle, though one massage can help with. A fitness trainer came to me with a stiff neck, unable to turn her head when she entered my door. Hands, oil and heat made the muscle relax and when she left it was with a big smile on her face and her turning her head. Not quite without pain, but mobility had returned. She was very happy because her vacation now would be enjoyable without the intense pain she had gone through.
There are of course many other situations. People opening their eyes after the massage with a huge smile on their face because they feel so good. Soreness and pain gone, stress released, feeling deeply relaxed and nourished. Each massage brings me joy as I see what difference I make for my clients. This is why I enjoy my craft so deeply. That I am able to help people heal, be it physically, emotionally or spiritually.
Thank you for this skill and being allowed to apply it where it’s needed.