Recently, on Facebook I’ve seen a lot of hate towards energy therapies lately, and why is that? I, myself don’t practice energywork, and I taught it when I was a massage instructor, and I choose not to use energywork when I give massages, and I respect people who do use it. There doesn’t have to be all this hate going on. Even some energy practitioners are against evidence-based massage, and speak their mind in a negative way towards it (it’s like high school all over again).
When I was in massage school, there was a study about using high doses of vitamin C, to help fight colds…then soon after that, another study came out, claiming it could actually harm you. Research changes ALL THE TIME (Sorry of the “all caps“), and what we belief now, could change in the future.
I truly wish this profession would just accept others beliefs, and it doesn’t mean you have to agree with them (agree, to disagree). It’s really sad that our profession is so divided, and most of us got into this field to help others…but we are only harming ourselves.
I went to Sister Rosalind Massage School, and we were not allowed to use energywork, and Sister even said that in the intro class,. I felt a little ripped off, because we couldn’t even talk about it, but then we had a 90 hour class on acupressure (Doesn’t make sense). I felt a little rebellious once I graduated, and I decided to take a Healing Touch class. That class really opened up my eyes, and I’m glad I took it! There is so much more to massage, and I was a believer after that. I asked the Sisters that taught the Healing Touch class, why doesn’t Sister Rosalind believe in energywork, and all they said, “if you saw the books she reads, then you would understand.”
My mentor was one of my instructors at Sister Rosalind’s, and she always saw me as creative person, and someone who would think outside the massage table. One of the best lessons she taught me in school, is to be yourself, and don’t let others affect who you are, or what you believe in. In massage school, I was constantly told to do a routine, and I could never focus enough to perform it. We all chose this field for a reason, and it’s just not right for others to bash fellow therapists. I totally understand we are a passionate bunch of people, but this hate has to stop.
Here are some questions for all of you:
1. What can YOU do, to become a better therapist?
2. How can YOU make this profession more accepting?
P.S. Sorry for the rant, but I needed to get this off my chest