• Alexandra Denvir

Massage Therapy and Why I Love My Job

The hierarchy of human needs as proposed by Abraham Maslow in 1943 lists food, water, shelter and clothing as the most basic physiological requirements for human survival. Following this trio closely is the need for health and well-being.

There is something so basic and intrinsic in our desire to remain healthy and at peace. Historically humans worked as close units otherwise known as tribes. In this grouping, we were dependant on one another entirely for survival and a strong emphasis was placed on remaining healthy so that we were able to carry out our allotted tasks to benefit the group. Now, in 2018 we are still dependant on one another, though, our social repertoire is definitely void of the interpersonal contact that was once used to keep us healthy and grounded. We are no longer operating as a cohesive tribe and our health has taken a backseat.

So where do massage therapist fit in? Well, as a primary health care providers, we are there to give your body gets the much needed attention it deserves. Massage therapy is an ancient practice that can be referenced as far back as 4000 years in Chinese medical texts. Numerous studies have been performed regarding the effects of massage therapy and a variety benefits have been discovered. From anxiety reduction to increase immune function, enhanced physical performance to accelerated recovery from injury. Massage therapy undoubtedly holds a unique and important place in the health care spectrum.

Training to be a Massage Therapist in Canada is among one of the strictest in the world. With over 2200 hours of classroom education required, massage therapist know more than just muscles. We are trained in pathology, physiology, neurology, system anatomy and orthopedic testing. With this amount of education you can ensure your therapist is qualified to perform more than a standard back rub. We can speculate on the cause of your concern, refer you to other health care professionals as well as treat whatever is ailing you, within our scope of practice of course.

I started my career massaging in 2012 and it was the best decision I have ever made. Those early years were confusing as I had yet to embark on the standardized education path though I knew with my first remedial massage certificate that I had stumbled upon something great. A continuously rewarding career I find everyday is something entirely new. The motivation to keep learning and bettering myself for my clients is always apparent and two years out of school, I am extremely humbled to have a consistent client base as well as new faces frequenting my door.

If you are reading this and perhaps have never gotten a massage, I absolutely encourage you to do so. The experience is not nearly as frightening or uncomfortable as it may seem. Massage Therapists are health care providers and will treat you with the utmost respect. Our job is to prioritize your health and well-being. If you have had massage before and were unhappy with your experience I encourage you to explore different therapists! Each individual therapist is unique with their own personal style and application of techniques. Lastly, if you have had a massage before but you have not made the time to follow up, please do. It’s understandable that life gets busy and we cannot always make time, but remember how essential health and well-being is not only for you as an individual, but also for your tribe :)

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