Throughout my health journey, I sometimes forget about the impact I have on other people’s health. As a manual therapist involved with sports and medicine, I’ve been enjoying the Lord’s blessings and opportunities He gives me to influence my clients in a positive way.
I thought I’d share one such an opportunity that happened today. I got to work on a brand-new client. Thankfully, brand-new clients are not unusual for me, but this client seemed different: she was more than a little subdued. I soon found out why.
When I led her to the therapy room and began to give the routine prep instructions, she stopped me. “I have something to tell you.” She took a big, shaky breath. “My last session did not go well.” She bravely proceeded to tell me that her last therapist had inappropriately taken advantage of her. Coming to my place of employment was her way of trying to restart her manual therapy experience in a positive way.
I listened to her request, empathized with her and thanked her for coming, letting her know that she is an inspiration. She thanked me, and we proceeded with the therapy session.
I concentrated on making my client feel extra secure and safe by taking deep breaths with her and communicating to her what I was doing in advance of different manual therapies.
I integrated Young Living essential oils such as Peace and Calming, Eucalyptus and Spearmint with firm effleurage and deep tissue techniques.
Once the session had ended, the client checked out and rebooked for a longer session. I gave her some homework, and she asked to hug me. Her emotional release was beautiful to see. Tears of healing filled her eyes. I was witnessing a breakthrough!
“Keep up the good work! What a great way to start the new year!” I encouraged her as she left.
The best part about this story is that this session was a direct answer to prayer. Just 40 minutes earlier, I had asked God to use me for His glory in today’s sessions. Now, here was the peace of the Holy Spirit at work right before my eyes! And I got to be involved!
Looking back at that moment with the client, I have no doubt that God was doing a healing work in her life by helping her face her fears, boldly own her self-care, and rehabilitate her massage experience. This triumph over trauma was nothing short of a miracle.
I hope this little story inspires you. As the latest Cinderella movie put it, “have courage, and be kind.”
But most importantly, trust in Jesus. He always shows us the way.