What aspects of massage therapy do you appreciate?

In the last couple days leading up to Thanksgiving, I am compelled to reflect on the things and people I am blessed with. There are countless things to be thankful for, and I do my best to recognize these things as often as I remember. But every year, on the last Thursday of November, one thing stands out bigger and brighter than the rest. This one thing changes from year to year, depending on where life has taken me as of recent. This year I’d like to direct my attention on how grateful I am for massage therapy, and everything that comes with it.

I am thankful for the crazy supportive and passionate therapists I have the pleasure of being surrounded by. Whether it be in person on a regular basis, a chance meeting at a chair job, via social media, or through this blog. I love that we can share ideas, get advice, and hold each other up. I am grateful for the encouraging words shared, and the controversial statements that get conversations started. We are a wonderful community of people who love what we do, and that is not found in every profession.

I am thankful for the opportunity to help so many people along the way. Through this ancient but constant evolving art, comes a plethora of merits: A way to educate people on their bodies, a form of relief and healing that is sometimes a last resort for those at the end of their rope, and a way for me to express myself through my hands. Being directed towards massage school and the chance to actually attend, was a gift and that, I don’t intend to forget.

I am thankful for a way to make a living that has deep integrity and meaning. I am thankful I love my job. So many people are complacent about their careers. So many people need to sacrifice doing something they love, in order to support their families. For most of us therapists, this is not the case. This industry brings about deep satisfaction, and is very rewarding. At the end of the day, we may be tired, but we can smile because we know we are making the world a healthier, happier, place one client at a time.

I could go on and on. I could list, probably, hundreds more ways I am grateful, but instead I will cap it off with this.. I am thankful for being allowed the freedom and luxury of figuring out exactly what I am meant to be doing in this life. As a child I loved to massage my aunts feet by the fireplace at Christmas time. As a teenager, I’d put together home made spa parties at home with friends. But it wasnt until 2 years into a program at a community college did I realize I needed to be in massage school. How lucky can I be that this life, this country, the people who supported and loved me, and my intuition all fused together to present me with the gift of massage therapy.

What aspects of massage therapy are you appreciative of? What experiences, challenges, people, involvements, or opportunities are you grateful for in your journey with massage? Tell me (and everyone else) about it below. You may inspire someone else to recognize an unknown treasure in their life.

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  • Stephanie Palermo

    I also want to say how grateful I am for the opportunity to write for massageschool.org. So much fun. I’m pretty sure I learn more than I teach on here.