In order to start this post on my therapeutic massage experience, I have to give you some background. Twenty or so years ago, I was driving to work on I684 in Westchester when suddenly my entire left side became paralyzed. This was extra scary as I was driving 75 mpg. I made it to work but I could not walk. I hailed a co-worker who called my parents. I was diagnosed with advanced Lyme's Disease. (I figured I was bitten by the evil tick the year before, when I was working as a grape pruner/picker at North Salem Vineyard.) After extensive treatment I still did not feel well. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia - an unfortunate side-effect of very advanced Lyme's Disease.
Up until about three years ago I was in constant pain. A chronic dull pain, but it was enough to slow me down. This is one of the reasons that I jumped off of the corporate ladder and engineered a very simple life for myself.
Three years ago I was prescribed a medication to help with the nerve pain associated with Fibro. This helped greatly - along with exercise, chiropractic and massage.
My massage therapist (and now good friend) is Marisa of Touch of Health Massage Artistry. I started out with Swedish Massage - a comfortable and relaxing experience. Both Marisa and I were worried that a Deep Tissue Massage might be painful for me. Eventually, we were able to move up to a moderately Deep Tissue Massage. This keeps me relatively loose until my next massage. (The problem with my Fibro is that I tighten up and sometimes I feel like I'm made of cement - in addition to the nerve pain.)
I have grown to trust Marisa, on many levels, and have tried other forms of Massage Therapy.
Along with the MFR we tried Craniosacral Therapy. This is a gentle manipulation of my head and neck and it helps lessen stress on my central nervous system. This is very relaxing.
Lately, I have been experiencing Reiki treatments. This is very cool. No massage with this one. It is mostly a hands-off treatment where Marisa silently chants and holds her hands above or on my Chakra Points. I can feel the heat (sometimes very hot) coming from her hands and the energy releasing from me. I can sometimes also see colors. For example, I saw a purple/blue color when Marisa was holding the back of my head. I've seen yellow, orange, darkness and blues at different Chakra Points. I'm glad that I am open to this. At first, I thought it was a religious thing and I was resistant - but it's really mostly about energy and I like that.
So now I am daydreaming of my next appointments. I have decided to have 2 one hour appointments in the next two weeks. This week, a Hot Rock Massage with lavender essential oil. I will surely BLISS OUT while my body is being repaired. Next week, I will do Myofascial Release, Craniosacral and Reiki Therapy to finish the healing.
Massage Therapy is a very pleasant and blissful experience that helps to keep me a happy and productive person.
Check out Marisa's website: http://www.touchofhealthny.com/
Also please check out my other blog http://portjeffersonchiropractic.blogspot.com/ for rates, hours and more information on Touch of Health Massage Artistry.