I have had two careers in my life. The first was in health care, and the second as a massage therapist. Both are careers whose mission is to be of service to others, especially during times of crisis and uncertainty. Even though I’m not a doctor, nurse or paramedic, I have always been able to provide some manner of support to those on the frontline, or the people directly impacted.
Feeling Useless When I Want To Help
For the first time in my adult life I have been told that I cannot do what I do best. I am not allowed to help people find relief from pain, stress and anxiety. I can’t offer a place of solace and sanctuary, even for just an hour. This is new for me, and I have to admit, I’m not a fan.
So What CAN I Do?
I don’t like sitting in my $#!+ (pardon the implied profanity), so I have decide to look for things that I CAN do. I can follow the social distancing guidelines so that I don’t contribute to the spread of COVID-19. I can find creative ways to teach my community college class online so that my students can complete their semester. AND I can help my clients and others find a bit of relief from muscular tension and pain by performing simple self-massage techniques.
How I Can Do It
Over the next few days I will be posting videos of myself demonstrating massage techniques you can practice at home to target common areas of tension. These are techniques that I often teach my clients in the office to use in between appointments. I hope you will find them helpful.
Slainte! (An Irish toast to health)