I’ve started to joke that the reason the stress of juggling grad school, work and a million other obligations doesn’t ever really get to me is because I just store it all in my neck, shoulders and upper back for safe keeping.
Trying to schedule regular massages during the school term is impossible…fate always conspires against me and I have to cancel. So I am stuck with foolishly trying to undo three months of stress by scheduling not one, but two massages at the local branch of the Cortiva massage school during school break (very affordable, especially with a $5 off Chinook Book coupon!).
Anyhoo, I went for massage 2 of 2 yesterday, and I swear the student looked like he was 12 years old. A string bean of a guy, who didn’t exude confidence as he was asking me the intake questions. I found myself wishing I had requested the student I had the week prior.
Then the massage began…and it was the best massage I’d ever had. My neck/back/shoulder pain was a 6-7 on a scale of 1 to 10 when I arrived, and a 3 when I left. I’ve never had that much relief from a single massage. He did myofascial on my stress zone, and traditional Swedish everywhere else. Much better than when I’ve had deep tissue massage.
So, by now you’re thinking, “Why is this an RDville post?” Because, as I was lying on the massage table mentally slapping myself for judging a book by its cover, I remembered that this type of judgement happens to many RDs, especially RDs who work with patients/clients who are trying to lose weight.
- If the RD is overweight, some clients think “How can she possibly help me when she can’t help herself?” Others think “She’ll understand my struggles.”
- If the RD is slim and/or clearly fit, some clients think “She clearly has the magic solution to help me lose weight.” Others think “She won’t understand my struggles.”
Each of those thoughts is unfair, because an RD’s skill at helping someone lose weight or eat to otherwise improve their health has nothing to do with her outward appearance. What’s more, body size is not the ultimate “marker” of health. Just like a massage therapist’s ability to work the knots out of a patient’s back has nothing to do with their outward appearance. Mea culpa.