Evee has been a client of mine that suffers from Fibromyalgia for many years. I have had the pleasure to work with her in her healing process. She has made huge strides in her process since we've started.
A little over 5 months ago, if someone said that they were getting weekly massages, I would have thought that they were fortunate in over-indulging themselves in pampering. But I have come to learn that isn't necessarily correct. I can attest that weekly massages are more than pampering and more than mere indulgence. In a short amount of time I have come to look at massage, in it's purest, therapeutic form as a healing, comforting and nurturing medicine for my mind, body and spiritual self. Massage Therapy has truly changed my life.
Living with Fibromyalgia usually brings the quality of your life down to a minimum, and for some, it can make it almost non-existent. If you add additional physical injuries, stress and long days of work to the mix, you find that life loses its joy and that it takes a severe toll on your body. Each day it is more difficult to get out of bed. Each day it becomes harder to appreciate all the rewards you deserve for all the time and effort you have put into your life to attain your dreams. When your body hurts, so does your mind, so does your inner self and so does your life.
Everything is connected, and so it is with your body. When your body doesn't hurt, and when the pain is eased you are filled with a sense of relief and you actually feel happy. When you are happy life flows so much easier, and things do not seem so burdensome. Thus your mind is eased and your stress with pain is released. That is what Massage Therapy means to me.
I have learned so much about "how" to feel my body, to understand that each part is connected in every way to all its other parts. In taking such a small amount of time for myself and my body each week I have taken a step to live.I have learned that when the muscles and nerves are released of stress, friction and stiffness, that my mind can relax and I can attune my mind to my spirit and connect with myself other than through pain.
In the short time I have been participating in weekly Therapeutic Massages, I have decreased the stiffness and pain from Fibromyalgia. I do not have pain in the arches and heels of my feet, which was so severe that I could not walk on them. This reduced the strain on my knees and my hip that caused discomfort and stiffness when sitting too long. My "brain fog" has dissipated and I can think clearly, without strain. I find that I have more nights of sound sleep and that I feel rested when I wake up. I find that my lower back doesn't hurt from doing minor things and if I stretch to reach something I don't have muscles cramp in my shoulders or neck.
I now view the bond I have created with my body as a positive and needed intervention. I can't imagine not connecting and I can't imagine doing it without a massage therapist who has a unique understanding and sensitivity of how to heal a body that is in pain and a mind that is disconnected from it. Dan has taught me so much about how healing is a process and that a holistic approach must be supported by the healer and the one to be healed. Both need to be part of the healing, both need to communicate openly and both need to have an exchange of desire to work through the pain.