by guest blogger, WSW client since 2015
Over a month ago I moved away from Providence. After an unlimited massage subscription for ten months at West Side Wellness, I was very worried of what my body would feel like right now. Sometimes when I remember my fear of the impact of massages wearing off, I turn my head from shoulder all the way to the other shoulder. My head almost feels like it is turning around like an owl, with so much more opening up in my vision. My focus is on what I see and not the sensations in my neck and back, now painless.
All that I have learned about my body, all that I have worked with massage therapists on releasing and healing, it hasn’t gone away. The awareness of my body, stepping out of denial, and the somatic connection between my emotional and physical states no longer overwhelms me. Before my time at WSW, any awareness I had of my limited mobility was minimized and ignored, expecting the pains to always lessen after walking it out a while. I’m able to hold more joy and pleasure in my body now, and more importantly I see the value of that joy and pleasure.
Hard work is worthwhile, and sometimes the hardest work is to be light and soft. Letting things be easy is hard! I am deeply grateful for all the healers at West Side Wellness. You’ve seen my transformation firsthand in ways I didn’t understand what I was missing.
Owner’s note: we held a writing contest for our regular clients, encouraging them to write about how they’ve experienced transformation since they began receiving massage regularly with us. Prior to writing this entry, the author had received a total of 98 short sessions (15–20 minutes) with us!