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Friday, January 30, 2015

Simple Pleasures: Massage

The very best massage therapist I ever went to was Erin Hamon. I use to go to her every single week. I believe she single-handedly (okay, she did use both hands) saved me from surgery for carpal tunnel. Sadly, she moved to Utah -- but if she ever moves back I will be first in line at her door.

And she was so quiet. I didn't even realize at the time what a talent that was.

That said, I've had a lot of very good massages through the years -- and a lot of time during those massages to think about what makes a really top notch therapist.

It isn't just technique or an understanding of anatomy. It's something less easily defined. Maybe a combination of empathy and imagination? Some people just have a healing energy. And some people just know what feels really, really good. And some people are gifted with both -- and those are the therapists you want to pre-book into the next century.

I've also had not so great massages.

Is it possible that there are massage therapists who don't enjoy getting massage themselves? Because sometimes I'll be lying there thinking you CAN'T honestly believe that absently patting my shoulder blade is going to do the trick! 

I've had therapists who will not SHUT UP. And on the other side of the spectrum, I've had therapists nearly nod off during our session. :-D I've had therapists come in sick -- I mean noticeably sick -- and spend the entire session sniffing and gulping in a most unlovely and distressing manner. I've had therapists forget limbs -- er, that would be mine -- bump into furniture, and pant heavily through the session (talk about sending the wrong message!). :-D . And I don't mean to sound ungrateful because massage is physically taxing. There's no question it's a demanding job which, at the minimum, requires strength and knowledge.

When you've got a good therapist, there is just nothing better than a long, relaxing session. The soothing light, the soft music, the warmth of healing hands. If you've never treated yourself to a massage, you are missing one of life's loveliest simple pleasures.


  1. I agree! You can only achieve the satisfaction that you are wanting if you get a massage from a therapist, who is really dedicated to what he or she is doing. Getting a massage from such will lead you to undeniable relaxation, both physically and mentally. In any way, thanks for sharing that, Diana! All the best to you! :)

    Alvin Smith @ Essential Balanced Body Work

  2. It’s great to know you finally found the best therapist after experiencing a lot of dissatisfactions with your previous masseuses. Like any other job, I think being a therapist should come with a passion and dedication too. Given that they deal with people who come to them to relieve stress, the last thing they need is more stress that comes with being handled by an incompetent therapist. Good thing that you already found someone who offers you the best with Erin Hamon. :-)

    William Connors @ The Healing Station

  3. Erin Hamon must have a really impressive set of hands. It's one thing that you're helping people relax; it's another that you are wiping out the need for surgeries and are pulling people out of danger zones. 'Mean feat; is an understatement. I mean, I'm gonna have to look up her massage service, now. It's one thing that a massage relieves the pain; it's another that it heals.

    Shanell Custer @ Sage Health and Wellness

  4. I could not agree more. It's all about finding a balance. Some therapists act like you're part of a conveyor belt system. It really is so refreshing to find someone who treats you like their first client of the day. Thanks for sharing, I'm tempted to book a massage for myself this week. We all deserve a little pampering now and again.

    Emmett Fletcher @ CK Physiotherapy