There are photos of me, as a child, massaging my sister's hands and arms. The act of touching, for comfort and with kindness, has always been a part of who I am. At nineteen, I received my first professional massage and was immediately hooked. I wanted to learn more about this work that gave deep relaxation through safe touch. Andy and I treated ourselves to massage every time we could afford it. I learned a lot about giving massage from receiving it from our friend, Janet, in Taos. She was my role model and continues to be an inspiration in that field.
We moved back to Hawaii in 1987 and Andy built me a massage table. I traded neighbors massage work for services like typing, surfing lessons, and driving Brendan to preschool. Auspiciously, one of my trades was with a person who owned a massage school and my trading ended and training began. A couple years later, we returned to Taos and I worked at the Thunderbird Lodge for ten winters, massaging skiers every day. Andy encouraged me to keep a log of my clients' contact information and issues addressed in our appointments. Then, I could provide better service when they came to Taos for a visit only once a year. I did that, and in 2001, when we moved to Chicago for Alana's dance training, I had enough clients listed in my book to start a massage business in that city.
Those clients have all become an important part of my life and I love every single one of them. We work together every couple of months. My massage therapy career is winding down. I rarely take new clients and I know it will eventually end, just as it began, in that I will receive this life enhancing therapy my whole life long.