As a massage therapist, you might run into people whose first reaction when hearing what you do for a living might be to laugh nervously and change the subject, or make a funny face….or cringe and then try to get away from you as fast as possible.
One possibility to consider when people have strong reactions like this is that they’ve had bad experiences in their past with professionals in the health and wellness industry. An insensitive doctor, a judgemental physical therapist… or even a snarky gym teacher back in high school who laughed at them when they couldn’t do enough sit-ups; any of these scenarios might leave people feeling like sharing their body with a health and wellness therapist of any kind is out of the question, if it isn’t life or death.
Read the following blog for some insight on 3 different scenarios that might keep people with body images issues away from your office, and how to put them at ease.
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Body image. Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like. For many people, it’s a minor issue, no big deal. But some people have a major issue with their body image. It affects how they live and their happiness.
When I tell some people that I’m a massage therapist it can cause a strong reaction. They tell me, whether verbally or through their reaction and body language, that massage is not for them. Their body image is such an issue that they don’t think anybody else can accept them.
The paradox here is that massage can really help with body image issues.