One reason I do what I do

Sometimes in conversations people ask me about what I do and why I got into it.  I try to explain that I enjoy helping people, but many times I can tell that they don’t get it.  Maybe it’s because they don’t think the same way I do (I get that a lot), or maybe it’s their perceptions about what massage is, or maybe it was my inability to express myself.

Tracy, a fellow massage therapist and blogger shares a wonderful success story beautifully.  Read what Tracy says here.  It’s a quick read.

I’ve had some success stories also.   I get really excited to witness the progress made with each appointment.  It’s really moving to see the hope return to a person who has been living with pain for a while.

People have told me that in the middle of an activity, they suddenly realized they were doing it without pain.  Sometimes it has been simple things, like bending or reaching for something.  It makes them think back to remember the last time they could do it freely, and then it opens their life up to other options that they had just about given up on doing again.  Some also they tell me how much better they sleep now, and that their problems just don’t seem so big anymore.

I believe that there are many people who are living with levels of pain that are higher than they need to be.  Some people attribute aches and pains to age, and assume that they have to live with it from now on.  I wish they could see some people who are older than them who feel good, with a little help from massage.

It seems that some have just lost hope.  If that is you, give massage a try.  You don’t have much to lose – you are already in pain.  You potentially have a lot to gain.

If you know somebody in pain, offer the suggestion like the neighbor did for Tracy’s client.  Think about how grateful and appreciative they would be with some relief for their daily struggle with pain.  Think about how good you would feel by knowing what you did helped make a difference in that person’s life.

That’s why I do what I do.  That’s why I love it.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at


It’s OK for dough to be twisted and knotted this way. For your muscles, not so much.

If you are suffering from Pretzelitis Myoknotium Twisticus, you had better get in quickly.


Once pretzels are baked, they are stuck in this position until they are broken or chomped.  Fortunately, although they may feel permanently rigid, your muscles can recover.

It may take more than one session for long term improvement.  Your muscles didn’t get this way overnight, but over a period of time.  Begin to treat them right and they will respond.  You should experience a nice amount of relief on your first visit.  Subsequent regular visits can provide consistent progress to feeling loose and relaxed again.

Leave the knots to the pretzels.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at

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