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One Session Will Never Be a Cure-All

First off, there are quite a bit of known misconceptions about how the treatment plan of Massage Therapy works. Today we are going to be discussing the concept of session length, and why massage is not a one-session cure all like many people think. As massage therapy continues to grow in the Healthcare industry, more and more people are beginning to learn and understand the physiological benefits, on top of the relaxation factor; which is a big deal in the US, considering we have the longest work hour week and lowest amount of paid days off than any other country. Needless to say, getting a soothing massage to relax is just as important as any other medical necessity. It’s been the main reputation maker of massage in North America for the last forty years, but slowly breaking out of the ‘luxury’ word association and giving people more of a reason to get on the table instead of seeing massage as just a luxury.

Note: MASSAGE IS NOT JUST A LUXURY

Massage should be seen as a regular upkeep on one’s health preventative maintenance. Our goal is to help you stay out of the doctor’s office for reasons other than broken bones or serious illnesses, etc. Massage and everything it comes with, is a lifestyle.

For those of you who get your one massage a year, or leap year, and always ask to get bone-deep work on your x, y, and/or z knot….. stop doing that to yourself! Please! You are only worsening the issue.

Contrary to the common uneducated and more importantly, uncorrected belief, a therapist should not sit back and start digging into your muscle compartments, just because they want you as a client and because you sound adamant about what you want. They should not let you tell them that you believe the more painful it is the better it will be, even though you don’t get regular bodywork, and they should not be determined to fix your problems.

1.WE DO NOT FIX, we facilitate the body’s innate abilities to heal itself. We provide for you, tools and resources you will need in order to maintain your good health-standing in between sessions in order to get you on comfortable and effective habitual journey to living a pain-free life. 

2.YOUR THERAPIST SHOULD BE EDUCATING YOU when you have that first session with them. When you request for them to go in so deep and to make it painful because you think that pain is the only way you have formed to believe change will be created, you are wrong on multiple levels.

 

I don’t want you to be wrong. I don’t want to be right. I want you to be educated and I want to share my knowledge with you. You deserve to know what we know. You aren’t just a client, you are a human being with an obligation to take care of your body in every way you possibly can and you have only been taught that massage makes you feel better. Nobody ever expects to leave a session with homework, but they come in expecting to be fixed. But how will you grow and become more aware and have your issues fixed if you are not doing your part? We want you to grow. We aren’t here to be a crutch, but instead, to be a helping guide. Our duty is to work with you. We help you during sessions, we enlighten you on what our observations and insights are, and we ask you intuitive questions that we believe will further help us get to the root cause and continue building a healthy and productive protocol that properly outlines a treatment program.

The key word here is program. Think of this like an exercise regimen. We do not go to the gym or buy the P90X home videos and workout one time and gain the results we are looking for. We have to make a commitment to the workout program. We have to discipline ourselves and make time in our busy lives to dedicate to our health every. single. day.

When you make massage a part of your life, you adopt a mindset of optimal healthy living throughout every day. You vow to become more aware of your lifestyle habits – like eating better and developing a more creative, colorful, and nourishable diet; taking care of your posture by allowing your body to be comfortable in ergonomic positions (like the positions it was made to be comfortable in); and lastly, your mental habits of thoughts! When you are living a healthy lifestyle and getting professional massage relief from your injuries, dysfunctions, and ailments, you are taking back command of your life!

Homework is another super important part to this whole thing: you should be having more than one session, because your therapist should be clearly outlining a perspective with you, while giving you resources and tools (like stretches and exercises to research, re-patterning techniques, postural awareness tools, and even some fun facts about the body) to use at home in between sessions. Homework is what keeps you accountable and motivated to get out of pain. Homework given and homework done is a body more able, more flexible, and more durable than it was a session before.

One massage therapy session will never be a cure-all to your injuries or dysfunctions or stress, but you can make a positive difference towards your health journey by making the most of the information your therapist gives you, and applying it to the fullest.

 

Happy Healing,

Zynnia

Today Is the Day!

What are you waiting for?

“Today is the oldest you have ever been and the youngest you will ever be again.”

I just read that from Marc and Angels blog about twelve negative thinking errors that hold you back. This is one quote that stuck out to me.

Life is too short and goes by waaaay too fast for us to keep sitting around and making up excuses as to why we’re not doing the things we say we want to do. We always say there is tomorrow, but what if tomorrow never comes?

The problem with procrastination (for anything) is that we have no solid guarantee of today.

“Oh we’ll, there is always tomorrow.”

“Well, I suppose it’s not that big of a deal if I don’t get this done right now.”

The God honest truth is that the more time we spend thinking about something, the less likely we are to do it.

Well guys, the ugly truth is: thinking about something will not get it done.
“But I’m waiting until everything is just perfect.”

No! Stop waiting!
If we waited until everything is perfect than we may as well never do anything, because perfection isn’t real.

What is perfect anyway? If perfection was real and it was attainable, we would easily be able to reach it (for those of us who wanted to, and…. who wouldn’t?) Within reaching the said “perfection”, we would all be the same. And if we were all the same, we would all be eating at Taco Bell.
Booooring…….

Perfection is overrated.

So don’t wait until you are perfect to try and accomplish something.
That will never come.

Now here’s my secret. For as long as I can remember, I have procrastinated on doing something because of my fear of the unknown. What if I’m not good enough? What if I ruin it? What if it makes no sense? What if nobody else likes it? I will start it when I get better at it, practicing first. Hell, I have always been good at making excuses for not starting (or finishing) a project or hobby. And I was comfortable about it. It didn’t strike me as bad that I was just doing the bare minimum. I never had an urge to care. I didn’t bother me that I wasn’t doing something progressive, because in my mind, I needed it to be perfect before I could start. I wanted to be the one who was just good at everything, all the time.

Well, that kind of dreaming didn’t take me very far.

The only thing I ever kept up with was writing in my diary. I wrote (and still write) in my diary, every single day. Writing takes up a big majority of my life. I failed in working out because I wanted to just be perfectly tiny already. I failed in sports because I just wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. I failed in gymnastics because my sister quit and I didn’t want to do it alone. Swimming – I couldn’t trust my body to float. Piano – I couldn’t read music easily.
Whatever it was, I quit before I gave myself enough time to practice. I have repeatedly underestimated the power of my brain and skills.

I would think about, what if I did become good? How would it change my life? What if I ended up hating it? Would I feel as if it were all a waste of time?

So many effing questions that seemed so important, now a mere chuckle when I think of them. Now, looking back on my life, I wish I had followed through with all the habits and activities I tried to start many years ago. Where it would it have taken me? I have no idea! But that doesn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was that doing them made me happy. It broadened my horizons, taught me teamwork and how to put in real effort. It taught me selflessness and integrity. You can learn and grow from your habits, passions, and daily activities if you want to.

The bottom line: I was just lazy.

So one day, quite literally actually, I woke up and after having my first digressing thought, I yelled in my head, “No! Fuck that! I’m not letting this happen anymore!” And you better believe, from that moment, I did everything I said I would do. I finished projects, got in the shape that was right for me, discovered a love for yoga, finished book after book, and started making dreams happen!

Letting laziness, procrastination, or the fear of the unknown stop you from doing what you really want to do is not the best excuse. I know you can do better than that. Because I would make up so many excuses, it’s natural for me to smell an excuse a mile away. And if you let yourself become so acquainted with them, it will bring you down.

Who cares if it takes you one whole session of martial arts just to learn stretches? So you only lost three pounds this month, is that horrible compared to losing none?

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the Great Wall of China.
Everything good and legendary in life takes time.


Photo Credit: Larry for BeckerBiz

So I ask again, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Go learn about the new interest you have! Progress! Improve! Push yourself to be the best you want to be! It’s up to you and no one else. If there’s no sacrifice to be made, then there’s no gain. No pain, no gain. Ya mean? You have the means, now just get the drive.

It’s a lot easier than you think. A lot more rewarding than you expect. And a lot more fulfilling than you will ever know.

So whatever it is you want to do, START TODAY.
Because it you wait now, you will wait forever.