There is something wonderful about having the ability to help others. Helping comes in many forms, from encouragement and support to money and goods. When I worked at our local rape crisis center, I supported by listening and assisting with resources. I also helped train volunteers to work the crisis line. We knew what we were doing was helpful, even though we sometimes didn’t always see or hear about the outcomes of recovery.
It was at this same time, during my friend’s wedding, I had my first ever, therapeutic massage. It was a life changing experience. It was amazing, comforting, and made me want to learn more. I felt invigorated after and asked the massage therapist all sorts of questions, which she happily answered. Upon returning home, I found a local certified massage school and proceeded to get my certification and license.
For the past ten years, I have been giving massages. I am instantly gratified, being able to help with healing touch. I feel the muscles relax and the tension disintegrate out of their bodies. I feel energized after the massage is over, knowing I have released their bad energy and given them new energy, of which I have been a part. There is a rush of endorphins to my soul knowing that I have helped in this way.
Recently, a client of mine, who is a wonderful choir and music teacher told me while I was massaging her that she appreciated the different layers and pressure of touch I give and related it to the different levels of music notes that can be played by an accomplished musician. She helps others appreciate music.
I found my niche…my zone…. a strength in me that allows me to help others, in my unique way. What is your way of helping? What feeling do you receive after helping someone else? Consider these questions the next time you lend a helping hand, share some knowledge, or teach something new…it’s an addicting feeling that you will want more and more of!
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