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  • Massage Therapist Self-Care — Restore Yourself!


    I am bound and determined to break myself.

    That is my conclusion after the third time I bump my right elbow (read: olecranon process) on a variety of things. The other thing that has happened seven times just this week is that I have rammed some part of my right foot into chairs, walls, tables, etc.

    It is the end of the year. I have traveled quite a bit this year. I have touched many, many, many people. I have given to scores of people, both personally and professionally. I do not know if I keep hitting my right olecranon to make myself stop working or if I am just unfocused at this moment in time. What I do know is that I have bruised the periosteum and I cannot stop working yet, soon, but not yet. An achy foot would not stop me from working, but hitting it seven times in one week suggests I am scattered. So I find myself in need of some self care.

    Yesterday morning I pull out the self-care video that Patti, Rhonda, and I made. I had already begun doing self massage and, although one of my students wrote this,

    “Holy Mother of Self-Care! I just did the first 30 minutes of your new self-care video for massage therapists. AMAZING! I have been complaining about the soreness in my arms, hands, wrists for months. Every night I do contrast therapy, compression, etc. NEVER have I had the release in my arms, hands and wrists that I just got while following you in this video. I am so excited about my first class with you in December. THANK YOU for this self care video; can’t wait to watch the remaining two hours.”,

    I cannot imagine wanting to watch myself on video, so I go to Rhonda’s restorative yoga segment. I have done a substantial amount of yoga in the last twenty years, and own around 75 yoga DVD’s, and Rhonda’s restorative yoga is one of the best practices I have found. Not only does my elbow feel better, but I feel much more balanced and centered when I am done.

    This morning, I treated my foot by doing Patti’s foam roller segment. She does quite a bit of foot work on the half roll. My foot thanks me by no longer aching. I am good to go. But I think I will repeat both segments over the weekend because taking care of me helps to ground and focus me, which, hopefully, will stop me from bumping into everything.

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