Today begins my journey with a ten day #hashtag campaign titled; #TheseHandsCreate, an organic campaign that was originated by Ben Brown, L.M.T. in New York.
Each day we are to make a post using prompts he shares with us, so that the general public may come to a deeper understanding of what massage therapy and bodywork actually are, and to ‘share our stories’. Enjoy!
My first memories of ‘massage therapy’ as when I would visit the Boise Veterans Home with my mother, Helen Louise, who had served in WWII as a PhM3 in the Navy. I have one distinct memory where she took me there, we visited the ‘War’ heroes, and she had brought food and rubbed a Veteran’s legs. I was only about four or five at the time.
Many years later in a different time and space, I was going through a divorce, and working at a Northern California health club. My manager, who was also my friend, had just completed her certification and needed to ‘practice’. I became her guinea pig!
Up to that time, I had thought that massage was only for those who took cruises and lived a lavish lifestyle, as I was brought up by a man and was his constant shadow. He was a very gentle man, and took me with him everywhere, always holding my hand.
Once I started seeing the benefits of how massage therapy helped me deal with anxiety and stress, I thought to myself that one day I would like to learn this, as I have always served high stress management, sales and marketing positions, and I felt that bodywork may help me to express a side of me that was not being used.
I then began giving massage to my young son, as it was a time for us to bond. We were attending a church in Sacramento called ‘Spiritual Life Center’, where I served as a Chaplain and a Youth Ministry coordinator. I met a woman by the name of Marie Wilson in the chaplaincy program, and she began to teach me about essential oils.
I have learned that I have an innate way to connect the modalities I have learned to help my clients relieve pain, achieve relaxation, and and help soothe their weary and tired spirits. Bodywork is a way for me to give energy into this world in the way that my family has given to me, and helps me create my Creator’s work in this world.
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