I have been a massage therapist for almost thirteen years. I am supposed to put together a power point presentation about massage and its benefits and present it for half an hour at a university in a couple of days.
Awesome, right? Yes.
And yet I find myself stumped as I face the computer screen. There is so much to say about massage and so much that no one will ever understand from me speaking.
I was working with a client recently who I had never worked with before. She described herself as under a lot of stress in the interview. As I worked with her, I noticed her skin felt tighter when I did long strokes down the back (which most people's tissues respond to well). I changed to circular strokes and her whole body relaxed. She took a deep breath and then we could work.
How do I put that in a power point?
Being a massage therapist has a lot of benefits. It has taught me to be more present in all my interactions. Not that I am always 100% present, but that I tend to at least notice if I am not now.
It has taught me to understand people. Being in a healer's role will teach you about how we become who we are. We tend to tell our stories with our bodies.
Above all, I think massage has taught me how to be quiet with people. And how to let them be quiet with me. That is such a gift. Just letting go of the personality for an hour and just being. I feel much more able to just be quiet with people in my whole life now. I give thanks for that.
So now to get back to that power point...