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July 19, 2004

It Never Hurts To Ask

One of my clients' is a long-time consumer of massage. They've been getting "tenderized" weekly for more than ten years and usually book an appointment for an hour and a half.

So I asked them what is it that massage does for them. Their reply, basically, is that they're seeking relief from a life that is always on "orange alert." A good night's sleep and an unknotted stomach are considered a luxury.

I've attempted counsel on caffeine and alcohol reduction, exercise, taking a vacation and possible retirement to relieve the unmitigated stress in their life. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make 'em drink. So they help keep me in business.

What I found most interesting about my inquiry was discovering that this client, who changes therapists on a regular basis, moves to a new practitioner when the routine of the present therapist becomes, well, routine! What a freeing revelation. I have permission to practice new therapies, experiment with techniques I've just read about, polish my skills on modalities I learned back in school, and push the envelope on tried-and-true methods I use on a daily basis. Sometimes it's good to ask questions.

Posted by linda at July 19, 2004 10:54 PM

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