Thanks to the Twitter feedback, I decided to create a new category inside my cycling blog : massage therapy. I’ve been a therapist for nearly 9 years now. As you can imagine, I got lots of fascinating stories! Unfortunately for you guys, confidentiality is the magic word here! Ah, ah!
However, there are so many fascinating aspects to discuss on that subject. Where to start is my biggest challenge. While some of you may get a massage once a week, or once a month, others had never even tried one yet. I decided to take the easy way out and go with the “random thoughts” concept!
A) Power VS Surrender
You can’t imagine how sometimes giving a massage can be like trying to win a fight!
As long as my client is staying in control, not letting his guard down, focusing only on how hard I’m going, and managing the outcome, he is resisting my efforts. With these expectations, he will get no benefits. Can’t give if he’s not willing to let go. Basic equation.
May seem obvious but in my everyday practice, it’s not! People are often living at a 100 miles an hour; working crazy hours, raising kids, working out, getting a ride in during lunch or before dinner…Know what I mean? So the simple concept of letting go is often far from reality. Understandable.
But (yes there is a but!), when a client decides to get an appointment for a massage, if he’s able to put all of his « drive » aside (strong personality if you prefer!) and let me do my thing, my way, that’s when he’ll earn the most benefits. And for his muscle tissues, a real investment.
So, a quick recap: once you get on that comfy table, say goodbye to the power struggle of your daily routine. Trust, surrender, give away your supremacy (wow, sounds like Jason Bourne is loosing it…) and only then, the therapist can jump in and do his work. Letting either relaxation or deep work happen. Not making it, huge difference. Can’t force that.
Guys, it’s Monday, you got all week to book one, go ahead and enjoy!