Communication is key in everything we do - our relationships, our work, our business and even in the sports we play and our social life. Often in the clinic, topics are discussed, questions come up and sometimes the problems of the world are solved, but a big part of the role of a massage therapist is to listen. And an important part of the job is to communicate clearly.
People who come to the clinic expect that the issues they are facing, physical or otherwise, are acknowledged, respected and treated, where possible. After all, this isn't some one-size-fits-all routine - if people are sore, injured, frazzled or vulnerable, they need to be listened to - clear communication is king.
Often, as therapists, we are asked the same questions time and again - 'Is that a knot?' or 'What's the difference between a remedial or a deep tissue massage?' To help answer your questions and touch on topics from foot massage to Facebook and everything in between, I'm going to delve into my years spent as a newspaper journalist and blog about it, baby.
I'm going to try for a weekly forum - let's see how that goes - after all, communication is key, right?
So, in an effort to keep the lines of communication open, I welcome any massagy/clinicy/wellbeingish/businessy questions or suggested topics for discussion - lay them on me people - send them through via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or as a Facebook pm and I'll address any that I can.
In the meantime, some of the upcoming blogs to look out for include:
- De-stress & revive
- Is that a knot?
- Learn to give a great foot massage
- Sports massage & your training schedule
- Meditate to manifest
- Exploring the ITB
That's just for starters. I'll also be bringing you some interviews from time to time - some pretty amazing people tend to cross my path!
So tune in folks, I'm planning on sending some helpful hints, info and discussions your way.
See you in the clinic,
PS: As I write this, I am a living, breathing advertisement for the benefits of sports massage - it's holding me together as my poor tired body moves into the final phase of training before my second 70.3 long-course triathlon - a paddle (1.9k), a leisurely bike ride (90k) and a little run to finish off (21.1k) As training reaches its peak, it's going to be a busy few weeks!