Massage and Me – a true story

Lucy is a great therapist who makes you feel at ease and is always considerate to ensure she is applying the right amount of pressure and seeking feedback on what she can feel in your body… For anyone considering having a massage I would highly recommend it – whether you feel you have tension building and have a physical need or you want to have more of a pamper session to lift your spirits.

This is a genuine story from one of Lucy’s clients. It has not been edited and the opinions expressed belong to the client, not to Lucy or aspaceto.be. The client’s name has been removed for privacy reasons.

Massage and Me

I have enjoyed massages on a pampering relaxation level for years, but this year I found the true benefit of a massage for the release of stress and tension – not that I have been fortunate to have a ‘stress’ free existence just that this year it took on a new level. In April my Dad was told they suspected he had cancer, the day he told me was one of the worst I have had and a day I have dreaded for years as my Dad was older than most. After my initial upset I went home and was in tears on the way up the road, I could feel one side of my neck tense up and my the time I’d made it in the door the other side had seized up and I knew it was the tension. A couple of days later I took myself to the local beauty salon and had a back massage, which eased some of the tension, but it wasn’t a ‘therapeutic’ session more a pamper one.

However Dad was subsequently diagnosed with cancer and then sadly died in July, so the tension was never far away and after a period off work, I returned but was suffering from feeling really tense come the afternoon along my back. Luckily for me there was an afternoon where local companies came to demonstrate what they had to offer where I work and Lucy happened to be there with a massage chair. I could feel the knots as she found them and didn’t take much talking to myself to book for a Swedish massage session. The first session was for an hour with the main emphasis on my back as Lucy expertly found the troubles I had been storing up in my body over the previous few months and probably before. I could feel the ‘pain’ although not unpleasant it was certainly not a soft relaxing session but then to really work the tension out you have to apply pressure. I followed this up with two half hour sessions and a further hour and by the final one could really feel the difference in the treatment Lucy had given me. Both of us could feel a marked improvement in the knots and although there is still a deep one she can feel and I’m oblivious to – apart from the fact that I cant stretch my arm as far back as the other one, I feel a lot better and would love to have a regular session to ensure that I don’t revert to how I was before. The sessions were both relaxing and what I term therapeutic as in pressure was applied to work on the problem areas rather than a light aromatherapy session where you feel good but no real tension release work has been done.

Although my bereavement was a contributor to how my body had reacted, I have also been taught a few stretching exercises as I sit at a desk for most of my job which doesn’t help – but the exercises do!

Lucy is a great therapist who makes you feel at ease and always considerate to ensure she is applying the right amount of pressure and seeking feedback on what she can feel in your body and of course there is the varying theme of music for each session! For anyone considering having a massage I would highly recommend it – whether you feel you have tension building and have a physical need or you want to have more of a pamper session to lift your spirits.

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