I almost didn’t finish massage school because it was 100% Woo Woo on the First Day.
We sat in a circle and talked about “feelings” and used the toilet paper sharing exercise (more on that later).
I was literally stunned and in a sense disappointed.
Prior to that horrible first day of massage school, I was an avid student of science and all things related to the human body.
I had just graduated from Ithaca College 3 months earlier with a degree in Exercise Science, and had spent countless hours in a laboratory putting theory into action.
The only reason why I entered massage school was to take a “time out” from formal education.
Full disclosure, no graduate physical therapy program wanted me.
That was Plan B and the beginning of my alternative career.
So, I moved to Florida and into my parents house after graduation.
On that first day of massage school I didn’t realize that that meant I had to start moving out of my head and into my hands.
Nor was I expecting to unroll toilet paper as a form of introducing facts about myself. (The amount you unrolled was revealed to you later how much you use when using the bathroom. Hence, those that unrolled quite a bit had to reveal quite a bit about themselves. One square = one fact about yourself. Welcome to alternative learning).
Yet, massage school was exactly what I needed and it was where I belonged.
It blows my mind that in 3 months, I will be entering my 25th year practicing as a licensed massage therapist.
Over the years I have stopped trying to explain why I know where “to go” when I place my hands on someone’s body.
It’s my gift and my woo-woo.