a decade of massage

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.
Sai Baba

Ten years ago this month I graduated from Potomac Massage Training Institute and became a certified and licensed massage therapist. I can still remember walking into my first class of massage school. The teachers set up back jacks (floor chairs) in a circle and we sat around playing a memorization name game = your name + favorite food. I was Cynthia + corn (still holds true). As my top notes of nervousness began to evaporate, oddly, the energetic core of my being felt completely at home with all of these strangers. The class size wasn’t too small or too big and each person was more interesting than the next. With a wide variety of nationalities, social classes, backgrounds and ages, we all had different reasons for enrolling in massage school. But somehow, a calling at this moment in time meant we were about to explore our karma together for next year and a half (maybe more). For the remainder of my education, we met in circles, we learned, we shared and we grew. The instructors, students and energy of this school changed the course of my life.

Our teachers guided and supported us, held our hands and gave us tools to study and practice massage. We learned anatomy, physiology, ethics, body systems, body structure and self care routines. We studied Eastern and Western approaches as well as modern and ancient traditions of healing. As an undercurrent of all our studies were encouraged to practice compassion, non-judgement, acceptance, sensitivity, listening techniques, awareness, effectiveness and how to “hold space” for healing to occur. I learned massage was equal parts art and science.

What is massage? When I began to teach massage, I would often ponder – “what are we teaching?” Sure, there is a curriculum protocol that you are required to follow, but offering authentic positive healing touch is so much more. As a practical massage instructor, I have sacred vivid memories of watching new massage therapy students tap into their instinctual ability to be in service of massage. The energetic purity of healing is mind blowing. For me, massage is an opportunity to unblock energy channels, release toxins, mirror and quiet down the mind, body, spirit long enough so that it can tap into it’s own deep innate knowingness of healing. The massage therapist is the humble facilitator.

I have had the pleasure of working with many clients from many different populations and ages with a variety of injuries, syndromes, diseases, conditions that range from physical to emotional. The hands on experience of working for ten years has taught me that, unequivocally, there is no separation within the mind, body and spirit.

With the gift of massage therapy as my foundation, I have had the opportunity to wear many hats such as employee, independent contractor, instructor, small business owner, marketing analyst, payroll accountant, volunteer, spokesperson and mentor. I have been able to tap into different modalities of massage, a long term yoga practice, yoga teaching, meditation, massage instruction,  ayurveda and continue my studies in holistic healing therapies.

My heart, soul and hands are grateful for the last ten years. Clients are my blessing. With profound respect, my teachers and fellow massage therapist colleagues are my unsung heros. My loved ones are my support. My father, my inspiration. Thank you (beyond words) for a wonderful decade.

Yours in service.

Love,
Cynthia

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