I’ve been practicing massage for 21 years, living for 42 … and I gotta say: people in fuckin denial about their injuries.
Now, I’m not saying that it’s everyone who does this. There are those of us who are self-care knowledgeable enough to admit to the broken arm or admit to having the constant pain, which then, in turn, definitely needs to be addressed, like now.
But most of us are going to sit in that denial for a while when we’re freshly/acutely Injured, and we’re gonna go ahead and keep going on with our lives like nothing even happened.
Until the injury gets worse.
And then secondary injuries start happening cuz we won’t stop.
And then BOOM
You’re incapacitated and laying in bed – forced to deal with the fact that you fuckin pushed it and now you have to pay for your dumbass mistakes.
Harsh language, I know.
But if there’s one place, in which a massage healer is justified in getting bitchy… It’s in the case of admitting you have an injury.
Try telling an addicted runner they have bone spurs…. And to stop running.
Try getting thru to the executive who just had a motorcycle accident about how he must rest and *not move* when he’s got 3 conferences booked in 3 weeks.
It’s been my experience that sometimes there’s no getting thru.
Sometimes you just won’t stop until the injury gets too grave for you to keep going on with your life without accommodating for the injury or illness you’re rockin’.
Stop trying to work through your pain and acknowledge your pain’s message; how loud is it yelling at you?
Do you need a break?
Do you need a massage?
Do you need a doctor?
Do you need deeper check on a persistent problem?
Guess what? I’m the professional asshole who’s gonna say “yeah. Yeah dude. Get your ass in bed, in treatment or book that appointment with the neurologist or dermatologist to get “it” checked out.”
Am I perfect in this department? Of course I am I never make mistakes.
JK. Yes I very much do.
So learn from my mistakes. Learn from your own! And when you have pain (including emotional pain) stop* and listen to it.
Wait. And heed your pain’s message.