Body image – Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like. For many people it’s a minor issue, but some people have a major issue with their body image. It affects how they live – where they go and what they do or don’t do.
I have come across people who tell me verbally or with their body language, that massage is not for them. Their body image is such an issue that they don’t think anybody else can accept them.
The paradox here is that massage can really help with body image issues. In massage school, we were all nervous about taking off our clothes and letting somebody else touch us. It didn’t take long for us to discover that bodies are just bodies! We also experienced how good receiving a massage made us feel. Something unexpected happened…when our bodies felt better, we felt better about our bodies.
If you are struggling with body image and it’s preventing you from getting a massage, let me reassure you that I have worked on thousands of people of all different shapes and sizes. It is not in my nature to be critical or judgmental of how others look, I just want to help them feel better. I want to help YOU. I have no idea how your body got to be in the condition that it’s in. You may be dealing with something that you can’t control, such as a medical condition or an accident or injury. You may be in a lot of pain or are limited in what you can do physically. Since I don’t know what caused your body to be like it is now, I can’t make any judgments about you. Again, your body will feel better from the massage and you can start feeling better about it.
I celebrate the fact that each person is unique and each body is interesting. I’ve yet to come across one that I could not help!
If you have been avoiding massage because you feel uncomfortable about your body, let’s find an option that works for you. Leave your clothes on, socks on, lay face up or face down or however you want. It’s entirely up to you. And don’t apologize for being overweight or having ugly feet or whatever it is about your body that bothers you.
It’s my job to help you feel better. Period. Together let’s find a way to help you relieve your pain and stress. Don’t let your body image keep you from feeling good!