It's so good to be back in action! After having taken a good seven weeks off as a Massage Therapist, it made me realize how much I actually missed my clients and how blessed I am to have a career where I'm making a difference to the well-being of my community.
When I returned to work five weeks ago, I was so surprised with how I've been twice as busy since day one compared to what I used to be before I went into lock-down. More than that, I never expected to welcome so many new people into my home practice. EVERYONE was in need of self care and I can't begin to express the gratitude to my regular and new clientele for putting their faith and trust in me to look after them.
Although business was doing really well, I started to notice how much it was actually starting to cause an impact on my wellness as a whole. Being a Massage Therapist and Energy Healer can be very demanding on a physical, spiritual and mental capacity. Before the whole hibernation period, I used to get regular massages and reiki for myself once a month. But since I started back treating 20-25 clients a week, I realized I needed it more frequently than that. So I decided to change my maintenance routine and step it up a notch to once a week.
It was truly the best decision that I EVER made for myself. By making this commitment, I could see that I had more vitality and energy throughout the day. My mental awareness was as sharp as a knife, I had the fierce strength of a Samurai warrior and my body was no where near as tense as what it used to be. Throughout almost 10 years as a Massage Therapist, it's a fair statement to say that I've gone through quite a number of therapists who have treated me in the past, but it wasn't until very recently that I met my match with another therapist, named Sonja, who coincidentally just happened to study at the same massage school as I did many years ago. I cannot understand why it's taken so long for us to meet because I felt like I finally met a therapist who understood my needs for self care. And as a bonus, her technique was pretty much identical to mine, not to mention the decor in both our rooms! It makes me wonder if we were sisters in a past life.
Now, I'm not saying that everyone needs to get weekly massages as often as I do. Everyone's lifestyle and well-being is different depending on how frequent they need it. But the way that I look at it from my life is this: I need to put myself FIRST before others. Because if I don't have my physical, mental and spiritual wellness in check, I cannot look after my clients.
So I'm going to say the same thing to you now:
Don't be afraid to put yourself first when it comes to SELF CARE.
You need to NOURISH to FLOURISH.
You're well-being in an INVESTMENT not an EXPENSE.