Updated: Sep 6
A client shared with me that massage was a last resort after struggling with chronic pain and limited range of motion for years. Some might wonder how that could be true as massage is such a significant part of their regular wellness routine but friends, massage is not for everyone and may even be an intermediate part of your wellness journey, that’s ok. I am not here to tell you that you must receive a massage weekly, or even monthly – I am here to gently guide you towards the connection and relationship with yourself. You know you best and sometimes simply identifying what it is that we need will open the door for significant shifts in the body, mind and spirit.
Clients enter my treatment room asking for my hands to help and to heal. Many are seeking care for the physical body, to find relief from aches and pains or relieve muscle tension. Massage has powerful therapeutic benefits and the ability to relieve the aches and pains of the body. This is what makes me feel so honored to be a therapist, sharing the gift of wellness with all of you but the power to heal is not in my hands. It is my belief that the client must also be part of this healing journey. If a client enters the treatment room with beliefs that massage will not work my guess is that it will do just that. If a client enters the treatment room with an open heart the outcome holds a greater healing potential.
As a massage therapist, I am saturated by touch. My work is created by offering something that every human requires. I believe that helping clients connect to their body, raising body awareness and tuning in create a solid foundation for physical, spiritual and emotional healing.
Massage can complement physical therapy, chiropractic, pain management and so much more. Some of my favorite success stories are those partnerships with other wellness practitioners, working together to help clients meet their wellness goals. Many shared clients have discovered massage from outside referrals or discovered chiropractic, physical therapy, energy work, even yoga when referred by Sakom. When you become part of something bigger than yourself, you connect with your people – you find your tribe, you find the support and the safe space to journey towards wellness.
Find your tribe, they will be grateful to find you, too.
Healing is possible even in the absence of cure
Cure is about the recovery of the body
Healing is about the recovery of the soul
-Rachel Naomi Remen
Stephanie McCutchin is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Sakom Massage and Wellness. The word Sakom is inspired by the Menominee language and translates to extending peace to yourself and others.