Confessions of a Master Massage Therapist
By Kelli Lene on Aug 25, 2014
We do not always do as we teach, sometimes we take short cuts. There it is, it’s off my chest and I feel so much better now. For example, as much as I love nurturing my clients, sometimes my day is overbooked and I become hyper focused on the client’s immediate treatment goals. Times like this nurturing falls way down on the priority list. My dilemma is that I feel all sessions should have soothing components, so what’s a girl to do?
I rely on shortcuts that continue to passively nurture even when I am distracted. Most of you know how much I am devoted to aromatherapy as a treatment modality. I love to custom blend my massage medium for clients (assembly required). When I do not have the time for that, I will use blends and synergies (some assembly required). There is also an assortment of massage mediums that I blend ahead of time (pre-assembly). Finally, there are even a few products that come ready to use (no assembly required). I mention these all the time but just in case you don’t remember they are Polar Lotion (enhanced with a few drops of Orange EO), Muscle and Joint Relief Massage Cream, and the Relaxing Therapeutic Massage Cream.
I’m happy to report that I have added another (no assembly) treatment tool. I just got the complete assortment of Biotone’s new Aromatherapy Massage Lotions. I simply set them out in the reception room so that clients can explore their different scents. I let them pick one out one for their massage and I make sure to incorporate it in their session. The real bonus: This insures that even before we start talking serious (subjective; objective; treatment plans; and desired outcomes etc. ) I have introduced an element of pleasure and joy.
Why do I bother? Because I don’t want my clients to equate spending time with me like going to the dentist office. You know what I mean…. a necessary component to wellness that is not all that pleasant and even if you know that you will feel better afterwards, you still dread it a little. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the value of a good relaxing massage and try to deliver that experience as often as possible. But the facts of life for a Form and Function therapist is that you are always straddling the line of helping people in pain/dysfunction and providing an oasis of calm to retreat and recharge. I love the challenge but it requires that I stay on my toes and recruit as many effective treatment allies as I can.
Last month I encouraged you to evaluate your practice and this should be an area you include. What modalities do you use? I will be at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Convention in September. I promise you a good percentage of the time (when not in class or in the Delegate sessions) I will be stalking the aisles of the trade show looking for all the modality allies I can find. You will probably run into me at the Biotone booth a lot, since they have the best toys to play with, samples, and I always learn something new hanging out with their staff.
Be well, Do good work, and make sure to say Hi in Denver at the AMTA convention.