Category Archives: Bodyworkers

Self-care for Bodyworkers

While demonstrating a massage technique, one of my students said, “Ruben, that looks like it feels really good in YOUR body, as a practitioner.” I replied, “Well, yes. That’s exactly the point of being a body worker. The more you … Continue reading

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You get what you deserve

Eight months is a long time to go without a massage, especially for someone who practices bodywork for a living. I fell into a trap of unworthiness, hidden behind the mental smoke screen of “too busy, not enough money, or … Continue reading

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Stillpoint

After thousands of massage therapy sessions, I’ve noticed something. When the client’s breath is established, the mind gets quiet and the body relaxes. The breath is foundational.  A quiet mind and relaxed body appear in whatever order, after that. The … Continue reading

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The Eagle

J.M. was a WW II veteran, my first paying client, and I considered him a surrogate grandfather until the day he died. His wife spoke to me, at the local YMCA, and thought massage would help him deal with physical … Continue reading

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