I adore most of my clients. Each one has something to teach me. My regular clients have become like family members. They share their personal lives with me and I feel honored. The trust involved is epic.
Recently, I have started working with a woman who used to be fit and well. Now, she is on multiple medications for seizures. The medication has made her gain weight and she needs compression garments. I’m using manual lymphatic drainage to help with her swelling. The fear and helplessness in her eyes is painful. I want so much to ease her condition. She had several, small seizures while I was working on her. Apparently this is “normal” for her. This is a new and challenging experience for me. It is my nature to want to help people. That’s one of the reasons I became a massage therapist. To witness the change in people is beautiful!
I especially love the skeptics. They almost dare me to relieve them. The big, burly, “he-men” who are all logic and practicality. The ones with so many issues that they believe nothing can ease their suffering. Bring it on, baby. I love a challenge. Let me change your mind and leave you with a massage buzz that lasts for days. I will also, gently admonish you to be kind to yourself.
I think we forget to ask for help once in a while. I know I’m guilty of that. I pride myself on being a self reliant, low maintenance person. Why do I feel weak and burdensome when I need help? It’s something I’m working on. With a little help from my friends. I’m getting more body work on myself, too. What a concept!
I always joke with my clients when I recommend they get massage more regularly. “Take my advice. I’m not using it.” We both laugh and give each other a look that says. “Don’t punk out on that advice.” Laughter is very good medicine. Some of my clients are hilarious! We both get to laughing so much that we get comments after the massage. “You guys are having way too much fun.” Really? No such thing! I LOVE this work! I had a client, who once said. “If everyone got a massage once a month. The world would be a lot more peaceful.”
It’s that simple.