The Kindness Massage is back!!
Nominations are open for the monthly 'Kindness Massage' offered by Lauren.
The Kindness Massage is a free 60 minute massage for someone who really deserves it. Lauren was inspired by the Wake-Up Project, a community of people whose goal is mindful living.
So, how does it work?
Nominate a friend, colleague, teacher, mentor; the idea is to 'give back' - they may be someone who always gives to others; sets a good example; is going through a rough patch; can't afford a massage; or always puts others first.
Lauren puts all nominations in a hat, and then contacts the person directly to tell them that someone has gifted them a Kindness Massage.
Nominations should include the persons name, contact number and the reason why you are nominating them. All information will be kept private and confidential.
Please send nominations to massagewithLT@gmail.com
Massage on Valentines Day!
Looking for the best massage in North Sydney?
Treat your partner to a 60 minute massage this Valentines Day and receive a special gift for them to make it extra special!
Lauren uses the gorgeous Vanessa Megan products in her treatments, and when they recently introduced their Love Scrub® to their range it was a no brainer to share the love with everyone this Valentines Day!
What is included? The $110 Valentines Day gift voucher :
- Amazing 60 minute massage
- Vanessa Megan "Love Scrub®" Body Salt Scrub 250ml
- Dark chocolate Lindt balls
Contact Lauren today to arrange your gift voucher !
I was first introduced to the importance of touch in my first massage class, an evening class that I had begun while working full time. I knew it felt good to receive a massage, but it wasn’t until later in my career that I realised how good it would feel to give. I’ve begun to feel deep connections with clients, and I’d like to share some experiences with you.
I was taught in that first massage class to protect myself from getting ‘drained’ by clients or taking too much of their personal lives on board. I spent the first couple of years trying to distance myself from my clients’ issues - trying to listen but not absorb. It’s a tough gig. I’m a big softy. When someone on your table is explaining the fear and anxiety they felt during a tough life experience, how can you not cry with them? I have twice so far. I asked this question of a recent client who is a psychologist. She explained to me how you can sympathise with your patients but should avoid empathising with them. By that she meant I should give recognition, comfort and assurance, but be careful not to make somebody’s pain my own.
The really awesome connections began when I was given a wonderful opportunity as part of my Musculoskeletal Therapy degree to participate in a wet lab. Here we were able to view (and touch, if we wished) some kindly donated cadavers. I held someone’s brain in my hands, and for me it was a special moment - I paused while I held it and felt deeply thankful. Thoughts rushed through my head: Who was this person? What was their life like? Who did they love? What did they do for a living? I have always loved to give a neck, head and scalp massage, but now I have much more appreciation for what I hold in my hands each and every day.
I used to stress out about my treatments and whether the person on the table would enjoy them or not, but now I leave my ego outside of the treatment room. I slow down and breathe and let my treatments flow with the way their body responds. This may seem far fetched, but I find that I can ‘tune in’ better with the persons body when I simply slow down and ‘listen’ with my hands.
I now feel really connected to clients, especially when I have seen them a few times and we’ve built up mutual trust. Sometimes, when it feels right, I will finish the massage with gentle pressure on their temples, holding their head and saying a little silent wish for them. A kind of ‘blessing’ I suppose, a wish for them to feel rested, to be patient, to feel peace - whatever I feel that they need right in that moment.
Amazingly, recently one client mentioned that they felt the connection. They asked me after the treatment was finished whether I did any healing at the end. I confessed that, yes - I did make a silent wish for them as I held their head. They thanked me, and I was grateful that I was connecting with clients in a way that I never knew possible.
Thank you for reading, I wish you peace and love and rest!
An authentic perspective from a Musculoskeletal Therapist Student ... what I learn, how I can help you, the massage learning curve as I grow as a therapist.