My practice is open. I go there on days I have office hours to move things around, and practice mindfulness, breath-work and energy building.
I’ve been talking to people who knew me as a massage therapist, letting them know I’m practicing again within my abilities.
One conversation went this way;
“Lucretia, so good to see you! Are you massaging again?” asked the client.
“I’m doing different things now, containing elements of what you experienced during your massages with me, but now they are amplified. Also, I’m customizing my work to meet you where you are and help you progress,” I said.
“How’s your hand?” asked the client.
“Still broken. That’s why I’ve been working with tools and alternative therapies that are safer for me and even more beneficial than my work was before,” I said.
She was getting on an elevator and only heard “Still broken.”
I won’t say it that way again.
As life goes, things don’t often work out the way I expected them to. The people I touched don’t want to see me hurt anymore, and they are cautious about flooding in. I already came back once, and under the corporate protocols, I wasn’t able to continue. I don’t blame them for being shy now.
I got a call on my business line today. It was a person with pain in her shoulders. I came highly recommended by someone I recently met, and I didn’t have to sell her on anything. I only had to schedule her appointment.
She only knows she has pain, and I may be able to help. She trusts that her path crossing mine will benefit her. She asked about my experience, and accepted my answer. It was refreshing.
The clients I worked with before will trickle back as I rebuild my strength and keep showing up. Whomever benefits from the elemental therapies I practice will undoubtedly find relief and progress on their journey. Working within my abilities will allow me to progress as well.
In the meantime, it has been at least six years since I felt this kind of passion about therapeutic touching. The last time I remember feeling this intense excitement in my soul about bodywork was when I was learning lymph drainage therapy. Before that, it was cupping. Before that, reflexology. Before that, aromatherapy. Before that, ashiatsu. Before that, hot stones. Before that, massage school. Before that, martial arts, shiatsu and cupping experience with monks and healing arts masters.
I felt this passion when I saw the benefits of elemental therapies for those suffering from lymes disease and other debilitating conditions.
When someone crawled into my office, crying with pain and asking for death to bring relief, and an hour later had transcended that pain and danced lightly on their toes smiling and grateful because of my work, that brought deep satisfaction.
When someone I hadn’t touched directly thanked me for taking their spouse’s pain away, it nourished my desire to heal. It helped me to understand the depth of my action and increased my desire to expand my abilities.
Especially when I didn’t have to cross my own pain threshold to deliver, as I often did with traditional massage therapy under corporate protocols.
Cups, stones and plant mediums benefit me as much as the client. Cupping creates reverse pressure. All I have to do is guide them. Energy moves in, through, around and out when elements are introduced into the healing work.
What I’m doing transcends traditional modern massage therapy. If you’ve been on my massage table you’ve already experienced my passion for it in some form. I have been practicing these skills for decades, incorporating them where I could. It helps everyone involved, including the therapist. It reaches far inside and pulls out what doesn’t serve you, and infuses you with what you need to carry on. We breathe through whatever reveals itself, and carry on with our progression.
It is my honor to practice mindfulness and build my energy reserves while awaiting your arrival to my studio. I do it for me, for you, and for humanity. Peace, healing and love to all humans.