I Believe in Massage
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
It’s okay to write a short blog post, isn’t it? It’s certainly better than writing nothing at all. Even on my smartphone sitting on my balcony having a cigarette and a glass of wine as I try to disregard the pain at the left side of the base of my skull.
I once had a dislocated rib in my back. What started out as a constant aggravation soon turned into a very serious pain issue. It peaked during a stay in Newport, Oregon. My hosts had made blueberry muffins with marijuana in them. I had intended to save them and enjoy them over time but found myself gobbling them down on the way home in a near-desperate attempt to keep the pain at bay. And, yes. That particular medicine worked very well.
My best friend’s mother-in-law is a now-retired naturopathic doctor. I knew she could help me. She performed something called the Bowen method on me. Which, as far as I understand it, is a gentle, yet very specific, manipulation of muscles that somehow instructs them to pull bones that are out of alignment back into place. For several days, if not for the first week after treatment, the pain was as bad, if not worse, than it had been as the magic started to work on me. But as time moved on through three weeks of weekly treatments, it slowly got better until the pain was completely gone. And it has never returned. Magic indeed!
Several years ago I seriously injured my right shoulder. I am forgetting the exact term for that condition at the moment, but I am sure I will edit this post soon and drop that terminology in. (The condition is called Rotator Cuff Syndrome.) I sought the assistance of the student massage therapists at the East West College of the Healing Arts. My good fortune and good karma led me to a student named Amy who after several sessions made a huge difference in the pain I was constantly feeling. She now has a successful practice called Medicine Tree Massage. I knew when I first met her that she was gifted. Unfortunately, now that she is getting paid what she deserves, I can’t afford her anymore! So I continue to rely on the students at East West.
I had a session on Monday to deal with my latest issue and if I have half a brain will immediately book the same student to work on me next week while she is still available. The condition has definitely improved, but there is more work to be done.
So, that’s about it! I guess this didn’t turn out so short after all. The one thing that I must add is that massage should be something you do on a regular basis. Not just when you have a particular issue to work on. Especially if you are as fortunate as I am to have access to a school where you can have well-trained students work on you for a very reasonable price. And don’t be put off by the fact that students are working on you. It’s much like going to a dental school. No school is going to allow a student to drill into your tooth if they are not very confident that they can do it properly.
Most importantly, make sure to take care of yourself. Nothing is more important than that.