October 21, 2010
A good cry.
I use this blog to share facts, research and scientific support for the amazing ways that massage therapy can help a person. This post is coming from my journey as a therapist.
I have had times in my life where I needed the physical and emotional release that comes with a good cry. I have walked into a massage therapist's office and said "I'm really stressed out right now, so I might cry." and during the massage, as my body was eased into relaxation - the cry that needed to happen - happened.
Now, as the therapist on the other side of the statement "I'm really emotional and I came for a massage to calm down", I feel honored that my soothing work is part of their self care and comfort. Of course one has to check in and make sure the tears are part of their moment, and by no means caused by the work itself.
It feels good to cry sometimes. Being a part of the healing that can come from a good cry is one of the many ways massage therapy is exactly that - therapy.
So, don't be self conscience if you come for a session and you are welling up over the stresses in your life. Crying during a massage out of emotional release is human.
That's one of my favorite parts of my job - celebrating humanness :-)