I wrote a blog the other day about how I was starting my year off by getting both massage and Structural Integration. But I upset some massage therapists, who thought I was saying massage was only for relaxation, while Structural Integration treated pain.
My apologies! I have been getting massage and pursuing various forms of bodywork since I was 23. Together they have changed the way I move, the way my body feels, and the quality of my life. Without massage and bodywork, I would be suffering from chronic pain. I have experienced healing at the hands at many massage therapists and bodyworkers, and I'm grateful to them all.
What I was trying to say was that while my regular massage therapist does wonderful therapeutic work, it is always a relaxing experience for me. I did NOT mean to say I only go there to relax! I can do that with an episode of "The Colbert Report." I go to maintain a feeling of health and well-being.
I started Structural Integration because of chronic pain in my hip that many years of massage did not resolve. It is a completely different experience. It's more unpredictable. At moments the work can be very uncomfortable....or extremely relaxing. He specializes in treating chronic pain. I wouldn't go there if I wanted all the benefits of a regular massage, including relaxation. But he is the only person who was able to resolve that specific issue.
The point I was trying to make, is that, the modalities are different. And I use both.
What I find interesting is that the massage therapists were upset about not being considered "bodyworkers". When I first started getting massage, "bodyworker" was a red flag because it meant the person was not a licensed massage therapist. Maybe they had received years of training in a different modality, or maybe they were just working without a license.
Now bodywork seems to be the higher status term. The massage therapists who commented all consider massage to be a form of bodywork, and they're proud to be called bodyworkers. They all agreed that massage has therapeutic benefits far beyond relaxation. And they get no argument from me there.
Thanks to them all for their helpful comments.