On Thursday morning, I awoke with severe back pain. I struggled to get out of bed, to use the bathroom, and to put on my clothes. With a trip to camp only hours away, I decided that I should go to the doctor. The doctor checked out my back, prescribed some pain killers, and suggested that I see a chiropractor. A few hours later, I saw the chiropractor who prescribed several more sessions of slow moving therapy. He was not impressed with my plans to ride in a car for four hours within the hour.
I do not recall most of yesterday. It is honestly a blur created by pain medication and the fog that accompanies it. I do know that I was in pain. Even sleeping was a struggle.
This morning one of the camp employees asked my husband if there was anything she could for him. His response was, “Yeah – fix my wife so she can enjoy the rest of the weekend.” When I saw her a few minutes later, she offered to call a friend who is a massage therapist. Soon afterwards, I had a confirmed appointment.
I drove thirty minutes to the home of the massage therapist. She was in the middle of canning and preparing for a large group of people for dinner. When I had arrived in the driveway, I was filled with doubt. My back hurt so much that I could not imagine that relief could be on the way.
An hour later, I left the therapist’s home with a range of motion that I had not had since Wednesday. With exacting movements, she had released whatever was locked inside of me and had worked in relief. At no time during the massage did I feel pain. I also did not realize that pain was leaving me. But when I sat up from the table and set my feet on the ground, I felt better than when I had crawled onto the bed an hour before.
I have been to massage therapists in the past, and I always leave feeling better than when I had arrived. Touch alone is an amazing tool. Touch guided by the knowledge of massage therapy school is even better. This particular massage therapist combines knowledge with an intuition that I have never before experienced.
I am grateful for her healing hands.