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"Did You Know Body Work Is Silent Mentorship?"


Let me be clear this article is an intermediate response to a new skill. As a new student to Massage Therapy and a true believer of Reiki, it is my job to present the facts as I know it on my personal and professional experience so far, as a body worker. It is Silent Mentorship. Our grounds for Ethical behavior as practitioners we would do good to value and encourage a new philosophy surrounding adaptability as therapists.

It is clear to me that previously the massage therapy profession or body worker practices were viewed under a cynical scope. Happy Endings were considered a sexual innuendo and after a decade of sex, drugs and rock in roll had passed, Americans turned to fries and burgers as a replacement for gratification. We marketed everything from ideas to cosmetics and we considered energy work to be a farce. The modern take on wellness became a diet coke with my happy meal and my 15 minutes of stair walking once a week after I had sat at a desk for 6 hours. To consider an hour of massage therapy or meditative body work would have never fit into my daily equation. Lo' and behold, I experienced Reiki.

My first encounter with Reiki was at an introduction to Reiki and immediately I had found a quiet concept that I could adopt and apply directly to a busy mind. It was like a drink of cold water in the Mojave Desert. No one really "got into my business" but just sat there with me trying to tap into "Reiki." Some administered the skill. Some received it. Regardless of the role of the person, it was the silent mentorship of one another energetically cheering each other on to find peace within. It did not matter why the person was there, attending the circle, we just were.

And I have learned recently that people are coming more and more to massage therapy for reasons beyond Frozen Shoulder. We body workers should celebrate the excitement churning for a world seeking non-medicated ways to "hear" what their body is trying to say to them. We have well surpassed assuming that massage therapy or Reiki is good for you. Ask any nurse.

We massage therapists and Reiki providers would do well to recognize that the protocol for being a medical professional is turning toward our offices and we need to be ready to take on the requirements and the responsibility of being a part of the medical community and act as mentors. I see it happening so fast and I am more than willing to share what is working for me with my progressive associates because entering a field which facilitates "Silent Mentorship" will determine the quality of care you will be administering to your client. (Or patient should you be a doctor reading this).

But before the massage therapist opens their mouth to consult a client's needs, we therapists need to recognize you (the client as the reader) are in a position of transference. The rule of a therapist should be quieted and we need to be listening because transference works two ways. Reiki is very much considered under the umbrella of transference and countertransference as well we help to transmuting and transformation information on a cellular level. Reiki has a lot to do with the power of belief. Reiki is a formula for mental wellness. And, Reiki is a silent mentor as is massage therapy and meditation. Mentoring the client requires listening so the client can listen to their bodies from a space of security. We are creating an energy for them to enjoy as as they relax and let go. It releases pain, fear, a tight lateral rotator and a frozen shoulder in most cases.

"Through the mentoring silence of the session is where the most information is stored."

Holly Goodyear

The Reiki Station, LLC


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