Massage Stories

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Here are some stories about powerful experiences in 21st Century Massage & Oncology Massage sessions.   I've disguised names and personal details in order to protect the privacy of my clients, but the experiences happened exactly as I relate them here.   I am sharing these stories in order to help clients and massage therapists understand the depth of experience which is possible with 21st Century Massage.

21st-Century Massage Stories

Lucy Laughed

Lucy was a walk-in client at the spa.   Her husband brought her in, her right arm in a sling, overwhelmed and exhausted from being in acute pain for some time.   Lucy was crying, so her husband discussed her condition with me: she had re-injured an old rotator cuff tear in the right shoulder, over a month ago, and was probably going to arrange for surgery.   In the meantime, she was in constant pain, couldn't sleep, couldn't work, and needed some relief.   The husband was a massage therapist himself, but was afraid to work with this injury.   Read more...

We Only Had Five Minutes

Just a few days after returning home from a workshop at the Esalen Institute where I had studied Brazilian energy clearing with Maria Lucia Sauer, I spent an afternoon doing volunteer massage at a local cancer support center.   The monthly "spa day" was an opportunity for cancer patients and their caregivers to receive a variety of spa mini-services, including 20-minute massage sessions.   We were working in a church that offered its space for the afternoon.   I brought my massage table, and put out a sign-up sheet where clients could write their names into 20-minute time slots.   By the time we got started, the four-hour sign-up sheet was already full.   Read more...

An Agent of Change

Ruth had been seeing doctors for years for an "undiagnosed neurological disorder" (she found out a few weeks after we began working together that it was Parkinson's disease).   For our first session, I took my massage table to her house, and we chatted a bit about her experience.   Ruth told me that she had weakness and poor balance in her legs, often falling, and stiff muscles in many parts of the body.   She had trouble eating and sleeping, and difficulty concentrating and dressing.   In fact, she had become so disabled that her main focus every day was to make it from room to room in her house without falling.   Read more...

Annette's Head Didn't Explode!

Annette was clearly stressed out when she came into the spa for her massage appointment.   Speaking rapidly and anxiously, she told me that she has had three concussions, most recently two years ago, but she still feels the effect of the concussion in her head.   She said that she feels so much pressure -- not pain -- in her head that it feels like it's about to explode.   Just watching and listening to her, I could feel that pressure in her nervous energy and her emotional distress.   Read more...

Now That's Unusual!

Cheryl and her sister booked back-to-back massage appointments with me.   The sister had received massage before, and wanted to introduce Cheryl to this experience.   Cheryl went first.   She was in her forties, in good health, no major physical problems, just some minor tension in her back.   I filled her in on what to expect: get undressed, get between the sheets face down, work on the back of the body, roll over, work on the front of the body, let me know if anything is uncomfortable, etc.   I left the room for Cheryl to get ready for her first massage.   Read more...

Oncology Massage Stories

Gloria's Thank You Jesus massage

Gloria's sister booked a massage appointment for her at the spa.   Because the sister said that Gloria had cancer, the receptionist directed her to me.   Gloria lived out of state, but was traveling to my region once a month, where her sister also lived, to receive treatment for advanced liver cancer.   She was in tremendous pain, so her sister was looking for help in providing relief and comfort.   Read more...

Shiatsu for Sylvia

I first met Sylvia a few months after she was diagnosed with leukemia.   Sylvia was about 40 years old, married, with a young daughter.   Her doctor told her that she had chronic leukemia, and that there was no treatment for it -- she should just come back every three months for a blood test, and when it becomes acute and life-threatening, then maybe they could do a bone marrow transplant -- the only possible way to save her life.   So Sylvia was sent home with a time bomb in her body, and told to do nothing.   The first thing Sylvia said to me was: "I don't believe there's nothing I can do."   I agreed.   Read more...

There's always something you can do

I was raised in a family culture in which the only touch among family members was a quick hug hello and goodbye.   But as an adult massage therapist, when my father was suffering from pain and fatigue from bladder cancer, it was natural for me to want to provide comfort through touch.   Read more...

Madina: Being all that you can be

On the day that I met Madina, she had laid down to die.   My friend Yasha and I went to her house in response to an message that he had received from Madina's husband, saying that Madina's cancer condition had become worse, and she was bedridden, very weak and quiet, and it may be near the end.   He ended his message with the invitation: Miracles are welcome.   Yasha called and said, let's go see Madina!   Read more...

Spiritual Massage Lightbody Infusion Stories

Joy Feeling

I had first met Cynthia a few weeks after she had lost a loved one to a sudden, accidental death.   Cynthia was feeling stuck in her grief, and asked for Esalen massage to help open the emotional body and move forward in her grieving process.   A year later, a mutual friend contacted me and asked me to do a healing session for Cynthia, who had been paralyzed by depression since the first anniversary of the death.   Read more...

Gina's Broken Heart massage

What do you need today? I asked Gina before our first session.  Her response:  my little heart is broken.   I am suffering so much from the breakup of a relationship, and I can't understand how someone could be so cruel and hateful to me; I try to be a loving, kind person with everyone.   These thoughts just keep coming into my head, I know I need to stop thinking about it, but I can't, the thoughts just come back all the time, even in my sleep.   I've gained a lot of weight because I am so stuck emotionally, I want to move on but I just can't relieve the way my mind keeps thinking.   Plus my back started hurting me last week, and I never have back problems, I think it's because of the emotional stress.   Can you help me?   Read more...