Taking Care of the Care-Givers

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Earlier this week I had the wonderful experience of working in a doctor’s office.  My clients were not the patients in that office, but the dedicated workers.  Nurses.  Office staff.  Doctors.  Intake workers.  All women.  All care-takers of one sort or another.  All lovely people, each with their own story.  They all work hard all day.  Some of them return home to be care-takers of ailing family members.  Some had small children.  They all give and take care of other people all day, every day.  They each had their own set of stresses.  These stresses manifested in their bodies in a myriad of ways.  Head aches.  Tingling hands.  Limited neck mobility.  Low back pain.  General pain and malaise.  Only one or two had received massage before.  Today they were taking a piece of their lunch break to take care of themselves. I had only 15 minutes with each of them.  I needed to make our time together count.

It was gratifying work.  At the end of each session I was asked if  and when I’d be returning.  Each woman felt relief from pain and discomfort.  Each felt relaxed.  Each had good color in their face, and a smile to boot.  15 minutes isn’t much, but it can make a difference.  Especially to those whose lives revolve around the needs and demands of others.  It’s important to take time for ourselves.  Time to attend to our health.  These women experienced that.  I can’t wait to get back there.  Having a positive impact on health is what it’s all about for me.


Mandy Meyer-Hill

NYS Licensed Massage Therapist

Stairway Healing Arts Center

1 Washington Street
Cambridge, NY  12816