I love learning new things and updating my knowledge of known subjects. As a massage therapist, I am obligated to take continuing education classes. Not a problem. I’d take them anyway and usually, go over the required amount. I’m a little nerdy that way.
Anything that is going to give me more tools to put in my massage skills box. I’m down with. I’ve known too many therapists who wait till the last minute to fulfill their requirements before they renew their license. Taking ANY class, weather or not they intend to use the skills. What a waste. I have two years to shop for classes. TWO YEARS! It chaps my hide to see so many, lazy, therapists. These also tend to be the ones who think they give an amazing massage.
One of my favorite techniques is visionary craniosacral, with a biodynamic perspective. I started out with Hugh Milne’s style and even have his book. The Heart Of Listening. Amazing book! I refer to it often. It was a wonderful, way to find out I wasn’t alone in my perspective of the world and people. I love the way craniosacral sees the whole being of a person. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNQT1VL7I2s When people ask me to explain craniosacral. I want to say “It’s magic!” But, my teacher, Heidi Wilson tells me that’s not a good idea, even though it’s true. So, I say. “it’s meditation in tandem.” Not everyone is into “spiritual” stuff. They want hard facts. That’s fine. Whatever helps you sleep at night. I had a client who came in with debilitating, vertigo. I could see in his face. He was scared and at the end of his rope. I was his last hope. No pressure. This was a man who was practical and used to hard facts. Now, I was a bit intimidated. My ego was worried that I would fail and be seen as a fraud. My heart was breaking, because I could feel this man’s fear and I wanted desperately, to help him. After his first session, which was intense. He looked at me and asked. “What did you do to me?” He had gotten some relief and apparently an awakening in himself. We had 5 months of weekly treatments. It was an intense journey, for both of us. The last treatment, left me in tears. The once, terrified and over-medicated man was now, smiling, bouncy and down to one, medication. His vertigo was gone and life was back to normal. My ego, of course was patting itself on the back. My higher self was dancing for joy at both of our awakenings. I had learned to energetically, step aside, and let The Breath of Life to do its thing. I just hold space and act as a tether to my client as they go through their process. It’s fucking, magic!
There have been few classes that I did not enjoy and learn something useful. But, in EVERY class there is at least, one, annoying person. There’s the fucking know it all who’s just there to get their required, credits. Fine, but could they keep their, damned mouths shut? I have been a teacher’s assistant to my teacher in several classes. I come in to help and be an extra practitioner if the class is uneven. I overheard one, student blather on to another student about how she just seemed to intuit everything, perfectly. “Wow, I already know this stuff!” (Aren’t I awesome?) Well, that day, I silently, tried to correct her hold, which was painfully, obviously off. She gave me a dirty look and shook her head. I had to quickly, walk out of the room, because I damn near flipped this bitch off. This was a level II workshop. I’m certified. After 4 levels, many TA gigs, and the books, practice, feedback forms and test.. I think I know a bit more than you, sunshine. My favorite, (sarcasm) is the over-sensitive, attention whore. You know the one. It’s too hot, or cold. The table is too hard or not high/low enough. Goldilocks is never happy with anything and the whole room has to know about it. And if they’re truly sensitive. They feel my razor-blade stare and then claim with an oh, so innocent voice. “I’m just taking care of myself.” Not a problem, as long as it doesn’t disrupt the rest of the class, you #@&%!
I’ve found that I’m an unstable person magnet. I always seem to get paired up with them! I keep telling myself that this is a teaching/learning experience. My last workshop was in Bio Touch. Great technique! Easy on me and it works. I was working with a person who was frighteningly, unstable. One of the teachers even told me she was hesitant to allow her into the class. But, there she was! Over-sensitive, attention whore, with a heaping, Tablespoon of bat shit. Awesome! It’s supposed to be skin on skin contact. She only wants to work with women. She won’t take her shirt off. Okay, just a challenge. I say something goofy, to lighten the mood. Her lip begins to quiver and her eyes stare at my like I made a dead, mangled baby joke. Oh, shit, here it comes. She went off on my like I had said something so offensive and directed at her. I just sighed, and walked out of the room, before I really said what was on my mind.
I am striving for that Buddha consciousness. It’s FUCKING hard!! Everything is a learning experience, but sometimes, I just want to cut class and play Frisbee in the park.
I will NEVER drive out of town and share a room with my boss for a workshop, again. It was awkward, at best. She has boundary issues. The workshop was little more than a 2 day, infomercial on a clinic in Florida. Bullshit, waste of money and I didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know!
A lot of massage workshops are just money making, CEU generating, wastes of time. I shop around for pertinent classes and I make sure the teacher teaches me. I’ve had more than one teacher get agitated when asked too many questions. Granted, some questions are pretty awful, especially when the teacher just answered it a few seconds BEFORE you asked it. Were you not paying attention, or are you just trying to play over achiever? Why can’t things be simple? Or, are they, and I’m just over thinking, again?