First of all let me explain that I really do love working as a massage therapist. I find it endlessly rewarding and I learn from every client I work with. I am truly happy that I've found a career where I can really make a positive difference to people's lives.
BUT I have a big confession to make. It's something that's been playing on my mind for a while now and I really think it's about time that I owned up and got it out in the open. Ok then, here it comes... (and sorry in advance to anyone who was hoping for a few 'stories from the massage table'!)
I NEVER WANTED TO BE A MASSAGE THERAPIST!!!
Yes, it's true. Back in 2012 when I decided to make the first moves into a career change and train as a complementary therapist I was passionate about the benefits of aromatherapy and deep relaxation techniques but really didn't rate massage at all. I thought it was a nice enough way to spend half an hour when I wanted to treat myself but I wasn't at all convinced it had any particular therapeutic value to it.
My problem was that in order to make my career change and start formally studying my beloved aromatherapy I first had to complete courses in anatomy and physiology and massage. I remember feeling rather aggrieved by this. Was it really necessary to spend months and months studying, attending weekly practical sessions, carrying out and writing up numerous case studies just to learn the very basics of massage therapy?? Well actually yes. I quickly realised that massage required a lot more skill than I had assumed and I was rather taken aback by the amount of knowledge and practice that was needed just to carry out a basic massage routine.
As I continued the course and learnt more about the benefits of massage my interest in it quickly began to grow. But it was only when I actually started treating people that I realised what a difference massage therapy could really make to someone. I was amazed to discover that my case study clients were arriving feeling stressed, sometimes in pain and discomfort or maybe suffering from neck and shoulder tension and then leaving visibly calmer, happier, more relaxed, muscle tension reduced and pain often gone following a massage. The benefits were even more pronounced in the people who were coming for regular treatments.
I was a total convert. Not only did I enthusiastically complete my ITEC massage course, I then returned to massage training a while later to complete courses in Indian head massage and advanced and deep tissue massage. And I have yet more advanced training pencilled in for later this year.
So if you think of massage in the same way I did and assume it's just a vaguely pleasant way to spend a bit of time every so often, think again! Here are just some of the benefits of regular massage treatments:
It reduces muscle tension
It relieves stress
It relaxes the nervous system
It helps with insomnia
It improves circulation
It boosts your immunity
It increases energy levels
It helps to relieve tension headaches
It encourages deeper and more relaxed breathing
It helps balance the digestive system
It lowers high blood pressure
Quite an impressive list, I'm sure you'll agree. I should also mention that there are lots of different types and styles of massage therapy so it's really worth thinking about exactly what you want to get out of a treatment then doing a bit of research and speaking to qualified therapists to find out more about what kind of massage can benefit you the most. Go on, give it a try. Become a massage convert too!
I am the founder and owner of Calme Therapies, based in Colchester, Essex. I am a qualified aromatherapist, massage therapist and relaxation therapist and I specialise in working with clients suffering from stress and tension.
If you would like to find out more, make an enquiry or book a treatment please contact me.