28 December 2012 @ 09:20 am
I'm not going to pretend that I don't get frustrated and have days where even getting out of bed seems an offense to everything I hold dear, but most of the time - despite how hectic everything is - I really love my job(s). Not the diplomacy of it or the standing-around-waiting-for-clients bit, but the actual massaging and connecting with people and gradually feeling more comfortable both in my own skin and when interacting with others. It's amazing realizing how much I've grown and I really hope that someday I can get everything splurted out my brain all at once, in one location, to share with other people.

The human body and its connection to the mind is amazing and I am so thankful for those great, interactive clients I get on occasion who really let me explore that link.

The most recent noteworthy event at work was with an elderly client of mine that I've had for...probably three months or so? He comes in every other week and he's very friendly. I need to speak loudly and in small snippets or else he gets confused/can't process things very well, but he's really very coherent. He'll suddenly spout out a question or two about what I'm doing and the human body, and I love clients who want to be involved in the process instead of just a passive audience to me working on them. :)

About a month ago he remarked to me that he's struggled with keeping his weight down for years, and that he "can look at food and gain weight", but since beginning to get massages he's finally not only kept his weight even but lost several pounds. He seemed to think it was silly, but he thought there might be a connection, and that is just...so interesting. I mean, it's one thing to read in a textbook (about massage therapy) that its effects including stress-reduction means that in theory it could help with things worsened by stress - such as weight, but it's another to see that in action.

It's not something the AMA is going to publish anytime soon, but I'd say it's pretty clear that for some open-minded people "alternative" medicine choices like massage is very obviously a benefit to their health.
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