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Why I Love Giving Massages  -  Phoenix, Az

When I first decided to be a Licensed Massage Therapist, it was because my life was too stressful. Working full time, volunteering full time, and taking on way too much responsibility too quickly all kind of got me in over my head. To me, the thought of dropping all the stress, and cloistering myself in a small, dimly lit room with soothing music seemed like an ideal profession. When I signed up to begin classes, I thought I'd just learn the bodywork, how to put the lotion on the skin, etc. Little did I know that I'd learn so much more; not just about bodywork, but about myself as well.

Touch is one of our main senses, and probably the most underused. We see things whether we want to or not. We hear things whether we want to or not. Unfortunately, we smell things whether we want to or not. And of course, we taste whatever we eat, whether we want to or not. But we do have the ability to decide what we touch or let touch us. Touch is really about trust; that we’re comfortable enough to let a stranger into our bubble. Unfortunately, trust is something that there isn’t much of anymore.

For example, my best friend and I are walking to the store, we move over to let someone pass, and as we do, our hands accidentally touch. Immediately, we both jerk away, our faces soured into slight disgust followed by a few awkward moments. (Maybe it’s just a guy thing.) But the fact remains that even my best friend isn’t allowed in my bubble.

Studies have shown that babies who are given attention and touch grow faster, healthier and stronger than babies that don’t receive touch. Adults are exactly the same.

I lived in New York City for six months, and when I got there I didn’t know a single person. I made friends rapidly, and I always had something to keep me busy and something to entertain me, but something just wasn’t right. I was starving one of my senses. During those six months, I had a minimum of physical contact. There I was, in one of the most populous cities in America, surrounded by friends, I felt entirely alone.

Therin lies the power of touch. Massage is excellent because it goes beyond the physical, and it reaches into our core. Our very being is affected by therapeutic touch. It says that no matter what is going on in the real world, here and now you mean something, you’re worth something, and you are cared for. I know that everyone is worth something, and no one is worthless; but it’s one thing to hear it, and an entirely different thing to feel it; to experience it through professional therapeutic touch. If more people were able to feel accepted, understood, for even just a little while; I think that there would be a lot less heartache in the world, and less problems filling the local news each night.

Even now that I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist, I still feel a little strange when I'm about to give someone a massage. I feel like it's a gift; the responsibility that a stranger places in my hands, that they would come to me, not knowing who I am or what I stand for, and allow me to try and help them when they are most vulnerable. Sometimes I wonder who feels better after I give a massage; the client that I just worked on because of the bodywork that they received, or me; because of the privilege that they gave me.

I think that's what I love most about massage. It doesn’t just make people feel better; it makes people feel better about themselves. That’s something that I truly appreciate being able to have a share in.


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