Post Op support, massage therapist, Val boonstra
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I am largely a self-educated person. Yes, I have taken seminars and attended certification courses for my line of work. But I have gone way beyond those.
 
I look at my experiences as a classroom in earth school.  When faced with a problem or situation, I ask myself, “what’s the best way to handle this moment? How can I best serve this person, or help in this situation”? If it requires a solution that’s not currently in my skillset, then I set about learning whatever it is I need to educate myself. But sometimes I simply watch, try and learn.
 
Massage has given me a unique perspective on humans. Over the years, I have watched births while massaging the mother,. I have massaged people as they exhaled their last breath, and seen everything in between.
 
Lately, I’ve been working with my friends at SarahCare.  Some of our participants have dementia. The symptoms are different in each person. I’m trying to use my interactions with them to be a more compassionate person. As I listen to their concerns or reactions to things  I ask myself whats the kindest way I can respond to this person?
 
When I was trying hard to comfort someone it occurred to me that the person might not even remember what I said in an hour, but then I thought well, I’ll remember that I did my best and she’ll still have that energy directed towards her. I feel all our interactions are opportunities to serve the higher good.
 
When our intent is love and compassion, it increases the odds of being helpful and learning about each other. Regardless of what our occupation is or even if we’re just driving down the road in traffic we can choose to be hostile or not and we could choose to realize that we’re all here together and that we’re sharing the road or we’re sharing the Earth.
 
Namaste
 
Valentina Boonstra

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About Brevard Massage

I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for many years now. My specialty is getting people moving again. I have learned through the years that preventing injuries is as important as relieving pain after an injury. To that end, I have also learned Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pilates.