Is massage health care? No, or it’s the best version of health care.
“Yes, it dawned on me as I was on the table last night—just reveling in the feeling of being thoroughly attended to—this experience is not health care. Not even close.
Ever go to a physical therapist? Helpful? Usually. Relaxing, soothing? Nope. Last time I went to my primary care physician—a super woman I love, not just like, LOVE—I waited 55 minutes, and saw her for 6 minutes. What we know as health care in the United States is nothing like what I have experienced the past six weeks with massage.
Massage therapy is intimate; society often associates the word intimacy with sex. That’s not what I mean. But massage is intimate—the PT doesn’t dim the lights or play soothing music. And the chiropractor or MD doesn’t take extra care to engage your body fluidly with permission. These things happen regularly in massage sessions. It’s part of our expectation and part of what makes massage therapeutic, relaxing, soothing, beautiful. And what makes it an investment of intent by the professional—you give a little bit of yourself with every session.”
The chronic relief, the pain subsiding, months of tension melting and finally a reconnect to who you are! My clients often state “that gave me so much relief!” I smile and say, “I am so glad”. What other profession can do this for people? That is why I love being a massage therapist.