In a field where there are so many people trained to do the exact same thing, I am grateful for those who do, and really enjoy, regular massage therapy and other specific modalities, so that I can focus on and embody my specialties.
I value that they offer something different than I do. Not only does that create more of a sense of "we all work together" for me; it also allows me to value myself and what I have to offer in a deeper way, feel less competitive, and also allows me to support and respect those in my field who choose a different path.
The world becomes a little bit smaller and more unified for me, and I really like that.
What sparked this thought, you ask?
Well, a night of being around other body workers and massage therapists, but also a question someone once asked me a few months back,
" If you don't value yourself, and what you have to offer (art, finance, auto mechanics, therapy, etc.) how can you really value what others offer you? "
This is just my view, it may not be yours, and that's just fine with me.
I am just enjoying a new feeling of gratitude for those who offer something different, but within the same field as me.
Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday inspirations for health and wellness. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tiki freak, double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.