|A Circle to Center|
I was not interested in massaging strangers or dealing with the transaction of touch for money. Massage seemed like something that should be given freely, like when the Pope washes the feet of the people. Then there was that dreaded misconception of linking any kind of massage with the sex industry. I didn't want to be associated with 'happy endings' and other back pages massage practices.
Other mental obstacles arose. What if I wasn't good enough to charge money for massage? What if someone was offensive, demanding, or creepy? Most importantly, I did not want to face the discomfort over any of these feared scenarios. Yet, getting comfortable with being uncomfortable would prove to be as valuable a skill as the massage techniques themselves.
In the last few years, massage has circled back onto my radar. It has arrived with a new level of interest and understanding. Giving massage has become almost as gratifying as receiving. Trust in the potency of these embodied practices have replaced the fears. It turns out, we all just want to feel our aliveness. We all crave healing, human touch, and connection to our own centered selves. People of all personality types, ages, sizes and shapes want to be free from suffering. Massage helps us to sense, feel, and remember our wholeness.