In the several years that I have been a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist, I have been asked this question numerous times. As in, How can you do that job, it would be so tiring, boring, gross, you touch people’s feet [insert preconceived notion here…]
For some people, the “WHY’s” are based purely on assumptions about what we “Masseuses” do. (BTW, the preferred term is Massage Therapist or Massage Practitioner!) Instead of discussing those misconceptions, I am going to share over the next few posts some of the many, varied, and unusual ways that becoming a massage therapist is an excellent career choice.
There are few professions that require as focused, personalized attention on the recipient as therapeutic massage. People in our Western culture are chronically ‘touch deprived’ and this can lead to a whole host of physical and psychological problems. While we are not nor should we ever claim to be physicians or psychologists, therapeutic massage is a definite boost to WELLNESS.
Being what I call a WELLNESS WORKER is such a rewarding calling. Anyone who is a service person at heart can relate to what I am saying. People in patient care in the medical field, people who choose to teach our children, people who assist us every day in too many ways to list, they are our service people. For many of us, knowing that we have made a difference in the day or week or month of another person is so rewarding and reinforcing. As we educate our clientele on the fact that massage therapy supports and enhances wellness, people will begin to dispel the notion that massages are a treat or an undeserved luxury. Everyone deserves to feel WELL!
The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami is dedicated to scientifically studying the effects of massage therapy and other touch modalities on both specific conditions and general health and wellness. They have scientifically proven that:
This is a powerful bit of information, and what we can glean from it is that while we may go to see our massage therapist for a stiff neck, the treatment that we receive may in fact help us to sleep better, digest better, eliminate better… in other words, it enhances our feelings of wellbeing, or our WELLNESS.