It was a smaller group this time with some of the therapists not able to take a break from work. Everyone got to meet Amy the new girl to the group, or rather the returning massage therapist back to Drumheller.
The coffee was hot and delicious with the flavoured creamer. The homemade dark chocolate brownies had only a few crumbs left at the end of the two plus hours. You did an amazing baking job D. Thank you.
And the conversation was enlightening. I learned that Sue and I are often mistaken for each other. This was a surprise for me since we work in different buildings. We do share a great interest in women's health. I like what Sue is studying now and look forward to a potential public lecture series or workshops on the ways to repair and create a leak proof female pelvis. Is your basement leaking?
Discussion came around to the idea that the public is unaware that there is a difference and what it means to be a registered massage therapist. Not everyone that says that they are a massage therapist has the right education and registration that is acceptable with an insurance company. Fraud and or misrepresentation is out there. As a client, it is ok (and often expected) to ask your therapist the tough questions about who they are and will this session be able to be claimed by insurance. And what if the massage session goes terribly wrong, perhaps the therapist client communication is miscommunications and the client gets hurt or a particular massage style or technique is not what was expected. A bad session in a small town unfortunately reflects poorly on all of us and word gets around fast.
I still think it is a good idea for people to see many therapists. I know many people that do just that. Everyone works a little bit differently and there are different techniques or segments of a session that can be liked from them all, or not. A therapist that works well for you is like a great pair of shoes. You don't have to break in a great pair of shoes; it feels great from the moment you take them for a walk.
The following are my ideas of one unique aspect of each therapist at the gathering. Sandra has massage education from Ontario (in my massage world that is the most complete, challenging, amazing and envious on my part) and is moving away from Drumheller before the end of the summer. Sue does an outstanding job with her cupping and provides a much needed mobile massage service for seniors and the homebound. Caroline has 28 years massage experience and I think she is the only person I know that does the most amazing sugaring (easier on the tissues than waxing). Amy has perfected a technique with hot stones that completely relaxes the tight muscles and along with Caroline knows reflexology.
Once a year is too long to wait for a to-gethering. I think we will plan to have coffee again in November.