A Synthesis of Self-Care

My client community feeds my body and spirit.

Sometimes I carry canvas bags filled with fresh produce from my clients’ gardens. You might see me loaded down with tomatoes, kale, squash, beets, lettuce, honey, or even a container of cold gazpacho, on a warm summer day.

One lady remarked, as I boarded the bus, recently, “Oh is there a farmers market open today?”

“No, these are from my clients’ backyard gardens,” I answered.

“I see. Are you a landscaper?” she asked.

“No, I’m a body worker. Here, have some tomatoes!”

I just finished a leisurely breakfast, on my morning off: two scrambled eggs, inside lettuce wraps drizzled with olive oil, fresh cracked black pepper and gourmet salt, avocado on the side, and French pressed 100% Guatemalan roast coffee.

The lettuce and the salt came from two clients who are unknown to each other, and I realized that we created a synthesis of self-care!

The gifts gathered, with love, from their gardens, or during a grocery run, became a means of regeneration and nourishment, so that I can go back to the office tomorrow to support more clients in their personal practice of self-care.

Receiving garden gifts that nourish my body, the very instrument that I need to do my work, creates a beautiful synthesis where massage is truly much more than bodywork.

The relationships we have forged include births, deaths, marriages, illness, dramatic recovery, tears and many laughs. Even between sessions, my clients are nurturing my body and spirit.

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Beets from a client’s garden!

About RJR Self-Care

By Ruben J. Rocha - Massage therapist in private practice and Instructor at Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts
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