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I had an awesome massage today from a local masseuse, named Rebecca that lives practically around the corner from me. After talking with me for awhile we decided to spend the whole hour on my upper back and neck issues. Like a really good first workout, it hurt afterward but in a good way. She was able to relax muscles that had not been relaxed in years it seemed. It always amazes me that rather petite women are able to exert that much force on someone else. She was holding pressure on one spot and I was about to tell her it was uncomfortable when the muscle just seemed to roll aside and a spot that had been very sore suddenly felt much better. I've not mentioned it here but I've had an issue with my back the last decade of winters where I get shooting pains between my shoulder blades that radiate up over my left shoulder and eventually affect my collar bone and lower jaw. Hurst like a bitch when it hits and usually 4 extra strength Tylenol and laying on a hard flat surface for nearly an hour are the only things that will take care of it. Not exactly practical for work.

Since it only really affects me in the winter, I'd have to say it was arthritis related and stemming back to when I broke my neck in 1990 or my ribs in 95 and again in 99. Same ribs. All I know is I feel better now than I have in a long time.

Hopefully this will be the start of a regular therapy schedule. I have another appointment in two weeks. As I told her might happen, I had a vision during the session. Light streaming down through a canopy of trees as if you were looking straight up while walking through a forest. Then there was a female deer. Just minding her own business, browsing on some leaves and occasionally looking up as deer will do. Then along came this cheetah. He saw the deer and the deer saw him. But she wasn't all that concerned and he wasn't all that interested in chasing her. In fact, he laid down not far away. Each was aware of the other but willing to live and let live. But also, each was keenly aware of something large and sinister like a huge snake crawling through the bushes just out of sight. They both recognized the potential threat and were just sort of exercising caution.

As always, they don't mean much to me but Rebecca seemed to get something out of it. So all is well. I'll have to recommend her to my friend Brian.

Wander

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redsgoddes
Jan. 23rd, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
I can relate to this. Because of that operation I had back in 2003 on my neck, I get pains like this. They told me the arthritis I had could very well travel down my back from the operation. I don't think it has, but my shoulders and neck sometimes are very painful. The only thing that relieves it for me are some motrin and heat. I get a massage every so often as well.
jinxed828
Jan. 25th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I have a very stiff neck and aching shoulders. Maybe I should consider massage therapy.

Also, do you usually have visions?
wander
Jan. 25th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
It's not uncommon for me to have visions during massage. It has happened before. If you are asking in general do I have visions then the answer is yes, all the time. I'm a shamanic practicioner so it's more or less my stock in trade.Though here of late "they" just talk to me directly and I don't have to seek a vision to get a message. I do healing journeys for other people on request. A special vision quest where I seek messages to help them with life problems.

As for massage, I find it useful in addressing immediate pain concerns and then in the long run of addressing the more chronic ones. Lots of bad things happen when you don't have a way to release stress. Tends to manifest as pain in back and shoulders. Massage provides a way to release that.

W
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