“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison
To the current students or those who have recently finished school, congratulations on your decision to enter the world of massage, and welcome. If you are already involved in massage, this post is for you also.
I have a request of you. Don’t just walk in. Throw yourself in. Take a deep breath, get a running start and jump in with all your might. Be curious. Keep learning. Ask a lot of questions. Contribute to our community. Try things and make mistakes and then do them better. Find a mentor then become one. Somebody inspired you, right? So go inspire somebody who needs it.
Continued learning is exciting because you will be able to help people who are in pain and don’t know that relief is available. They simply believe they are stuck with their pain because nobody else has been able to help them so far. Our society has misunderstandings and myths about what massage is. Learn to be a professional and conquer those things. Educate the community around you so it is clear what you do. Show that massage is not a luxury for pampering, but it is a wonderful part of self-care.
There are many people in our lives who are lacking in touch. Provide it in a manner that is safe to both you and them. Touch can provide comfort and connection without words, reminding people that they are not alone. In our electronic age with less personal interaction, touch has decreased but the need is still there.
Give those who need it a place to go where they will be accepted and not judged. Learn to treat people with kindness. It is long remembered and will do remarkable things for your career, income, and reputation. Help people to deal with their body issues, and show that as a massage therapist their appearance doesn’t matter, but they matter as a person.
The massage community is good but not perfect. What do you see that needs improvement? Make suggestions and get involved to make it better. Make some local massage friends. Reports indicate about 80% of the population has never had a massage, so there are enough clients if you work together to go attract them and help them.
Make a difference. Decide to be great and work to achieve it. It will not always be easy – but it will be worth it. If you do these things, you will grow and change. You will not be the same person in two or three or five years. Here’s a great quote on the process of change:
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction” – Cynthia Occelli
Just a year ago I would not have imagined writing this (or that anybody would bother reading it). Are you ready for some change? Baby birds are safe in their shell in the nest, but they are missing out on flying and soaring and wonders. I hope you have a blast!Image courtesy of imagerymajestic/FreeDigitalPhotos.net