Are You a Good Client?

  I am a Colorado Registered Massage Therapist, and President of the largest association of massage and bodywork professionals in the United States. I have friends and acquaintances who assume that with my credentials I receive massage therapy on a weekly, if not daily basis. I don’t. As a consumer of massage therapy, I am probably considered a high-frequency user; my intent is to receive between 20–30 one-hour massage sessions this year. But like many humans, my best laid-plans don’t always come to fruition. I also would like to weigh 8–10 pounds less, and get more sleep each night. Sometimes, we can’t always get what we want. In the past couple weeks, I behaved a lot like an uninformed potential client. I went running, and (long story short) I strained my glute/lower back/hamstring/calf/ankle/foot/shoe.  I immediately thought, “Ow.” I then thought, “I need some bodywork.” My schedule wouldn’t allow a massage until this week, but I did realize how I was behaving like so many clients that we sometimes criticize—I was broken and needed “fixing.” I blather on most days about the cumulative benefits of regular massage and bodywork. You’ve probably seen and heard my monologues in person or on video. Why did I wait until a problem occurred? Well, it wasn’t that long ago that I got a massage (18 days). For the record: I don’t immediately re-book because I need to review my schedule (that’s justifiable, right?!). But my new goal is to make scheduling the next session my priority, rather than a workaround. How often are you committing to regular massage therapy? Is it a priority? I’ll put it bluntly—are you a hypocrite? Are you recommending work you don’t use regularly yourself? Mick said it best: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.”