In over two decades in the massage profession I’ve met a lot of fascinating people who have shared their thoughts, ideas and visions about the future of massage.
Through BodyworkBiz and my role as an educator, I’ve spoken with thousands of in the trenches massage therapists. Through Massage Therapy Radio and World Massage Conference I’ve discussed issues with hundreds of the industries brightest minds, including noted authors, educators and practitioners. My virtual “Rolodex” contains the contact information for the CEOs and Presidents of pretty much every major international massage organization.
Words cannot express how deeply appreciative I am for their incredible openness, sharing and generosity.
Yet, if someone were to ask me who has had the most impact on my professional life, there’s always one person who comes immediately to mind, without a moment’s hesitation.
This person has forever changed the way I think about massage and has put my career on a trajectory I could not have possibly imagined as I walked out of massage school with certificate in hand.
He ranks high on my top ten list of people who have made and indelible impact on the direction of profession through its incredible growth over the past 30 years.
The first time I heard him speak, however, he pissed me off. As an extremely well educated massage professional with a love for the advancement of massage therapy I thought his message was insulting and off-putting. It went against everything I was taught or thought about massage. I was hopping mad!
I guess that’s what naturally happens when your entrenched beliefs collide headfirst into reality.
Whether we recognize it or not, over these past 30+ years we have entered the profession in a particular historical context. It’s a context that has us collectively investing in a particular paradigm about the profession that is anything but well informed or holistic. And this person’s visionary message is disturbing because it goes against many of our ingrained ideas about massage, who we are as massage therapists, and the future of massage.
In fact, I’m currently under investigation by my regulatory body for professional misconduct as a result of paraphrasing his thoughts on my website and have been issued what amounts to a gag order.
Who is this person and what did he say that so dramatically compelled me to make a complete 180 in my professional life?
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