I’m always tempted when I see a massage for cut-price value – oooooh I think, nice, something for me ……… but I have decided I am worth more. Too many disappointed, wasted afternoons spent on uncomfortable plinths feeling like I was being pummelled by a few feathers instead of receiving a deep tissue massage. It’s always a sinking feeling when I turn up and its a beauty parlor. I know this is not the massage that satisfies me. I want connection and deep holding, not product and generic strokes.

Today was the final straw when my therapist said that arms were not included in a full body massage. Really!! You would think after the time I turned up for a Thai massage and the therapist opened the door wearing 3-inch heels with leather trousers I would have stopped buying massage deals promising all the extras, but no I carried on. I had 1.5-hour treatments where they cut the treatment to an hour without explanation, another where the masseuse opened the door and had a conversation with her landlord as I lay naked on the plinth behind her. No one asks me if I have any injuries or what I would like. I just get what I’m given. So enough is enough, I’m standing up, I’m being seen, I’m recognizing my worth………… I know what a good treatment is because I give them. They are a held contained space, safe and warm where the client can enter deep states of relaxation. Where their body is encouraged to start its own healing process. Where I connect and talk to their body via the energy flow in the meridians; I hear what it’s saying and my hands engage in a dialogue with their bodies present vitality. Each treatment is different, unique and individual, just like the client on the mat.

I am grateful for all the mediocre treatments and even the downright awful ones because I now value my own healing Shiatsu treatments and I value the skill in the other Shiatsu practitioners that I will be visiting in the future.

So don’t sell yourself short – Have a Shiatsu. Make sure you receive my next blog “How to find a good practitioner” by entering your email on the homepage – they say teach what you need to learn ?