One of my clients introduced me to Eva Cassidy this year. He brought a different one of her CD's to consecutive massage appointments until I'd heard them all. I'm so grateful -- it was one of the best tips I've ever received. She sings famous songs and old standards that have literally been sung by hundreds of others, yet when I hear her sing, it's completely original. It feels like I'm hearing Music for the very first time. Brand new and breathtakingly beautiful. Every time.I also appraoch every massage as if it might be my last one. I never phone it in. I am always excited to do it. No matter what is going on in the world or in my life as soon as I put my hands on someone "I'm there!" In the pocket....Like Eva Cassidy when she opens her soul in "Fields of Gold."
It's a wonderful parallel for massage. When we stay fully present and put our best energy, technique and compassion into the massage, our clients feel it. Which is why some new clients say, "I've received a lot of massage therapy in my life from very proficient practitioners. Yet this session with you was the best massage I've ever received." Even better is when an old client, who you've been seeing for years, steps out of the treatment room with a dazed and joyfully surprised look on their face and says, "I've always loved your work and didn't see how you could improve, yet you do. That was the best massage you've ever given me."
For me, the more I put into each massage, and the more I grow myself, the more joy I receive from the massages I give. How blessed we are to do this work!