For starters... instead of putting it on the list, I’ll assume that you know that there is nothing sexual in what I do. And that if you call me a masseuse, it is because you don’t know the current term. Kinda like someone from an earlier era using not quite the right term for a nationality, ethnic group or an "alternative" lifestyle. Not with disrespect, just with a lack of knowledge of the current lingo. Two of which, in case you need to know, would be massage therapist or bodyworker!
So here we go!
1. Massage is not just a luxury or a stress reducer. A lot of people use it just now and again to treat themselves to something that feels good. And that’s okay - great, in fact. But I can actually help you heal if something is damaged.
2. Pain is not normal. I have had many clients through the years say that for the longest time they just accepted the pain because, well, they thought it was just how life was. But most people can live a fairly physically pain free life.
3. If everyone in the world got one massage a month, the world would be a better place. I’m serious here. When I was in massage school getting touched three times a week, even the Los Angeles freeways lost their power to push my road rage buttons. Find a way. If money is your stumbling block, find a way anyway. (Wellness Within Reach, Massage school clinics, learn the AromaTouch technique along with one of your friends or your partner and trade with each other…)
4. I agree with the Elephant Journal author on this one, for sure...do the homework your therapist suggests. I’m a big fan of homework because my goal is to get you to maintenance as quickly as possible. And here is the thing...the homework I give is designed to create what I call glacial change. The body responds so well to soft and gentle manipulation given again and again for long lengths of time. Kinda how those glaciers carved out huge lakes and valleys one inch at a time, I want you to carve out freedom of movement in between our sessions. Do the t-towel 3 times a week for 5-10 minutes. Sit watching your favorite tv show and gently push your pec muscles away from your sternum and clavicle. Stand up from your computer once every hour and return your neck and shoulders to neutral. I can do a lot in an hour or ninety minutes. But there is nothing so awesome as you adopting some great at-home/office practices.
5. Which brings me to another point. I do not care to be called a healer. I prefer that you think of me as a tool that you use to heal yourself. I’m a good, well-crafted tool, to be sure. But all I do, essentially, is invite your body to heal, then get out of its way so it can. Your body wants to be well. It really does. And massage shouldn’t be the only tool in your wellness toolbox. Put together a nice collection. Acupuncture is awesome. Good food is important. As they say, shop the perimeter of the grocery mart. Move your molecules with formal exercise or just by dancing around your house to your favorite album. Use essential oils. Find a good doctor who you trust, who listens to you and talks to you. And don’t neglect your mind or soul. They are as important as your body.