I began my career in the medical field as a Unit Clerk at a hospital, but the more I interacted with the caring Doctor’s and Nurses that I was privileged to work with, the more I knew that something else was needed besides hospital care. I think in many situations there were things people could have put into practice that might have saved them from having to be in the hospital. And I wanted to know what those things were.
A nurse at that hospital told me that what I needed to do was go into the practice of massage therapy. I have been doing it ever since. Some of my people have been with me for 30 years, others come and go..and sometimes the new people I work on turn out to be a family member of someone I massaged years ago. It’s funny how life is cyclical like that.
For years I fought to get the medical community in general to respect what I do for people, and slowly, over time, I got many of my referrals from MD’s and Chiropractors in Brevard County. The understood the healing power of Touch, of Massage, Tai Chi,Yoga and Pilates.
“Emerging research suggests that touch therapy works: In one landmark study, 16 happily married women were subjected to the threat of a mild electric shock; touching their husbands’ hands brought immediate relief from the resulting anxiety. Even a stranger’s touch was somewhat calming. “We know that anxiety decreases immune function and makes you get sick more often,” says study author Jim Coan, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the University of Virginia. “If touch can help you be less anxious, you’re more likely to stay well.”
I already knew most of this, because I see it every day, not only in my Massage practice, but also in my work as a CNA. Touch heals, massage can heal.