I’m going to be retiring October 1, 2023, because my own body is suffering under the repetitive strain of doing massage. I love helping people on their healing journey, but I also like walking, and that’s where I am. It’s kind of a miracle that my structurally unsound body has been able to do this as long as I have. But now it’s time to say good-bye.
Finding a New Therapist
I know how hard it is to find a good massage therapist, so I want to help you find a new therapist who will be good for you. You will find recommendations below based on the following criteria:
One of the criteria I’m looking for is education. SHI, where I went, is known as one of the best massage schools in the nation. That’s not to say that others are not good, but I know what SHI grads have learned. Other things also make a good massage therapist, including observation, listening, intelligence, intuition, experience, spirit, compassion, specialties, and continuing education. And then there’s just a matter of fit. Some folks you connect with; others not as much. You will find that prices vary, and most folks need to keep to a schedule. The extra time that you’ve received for massage from me has been intended as a gift of grace. I am privileged enough to be able to do this thanks to my husband’s well-paying job. Most massage therapists are not, so keep that in mind, too. I’ve also tried to find folks in your general area.
What Do I Look For?
Just so you know, in case you haven’t figured it out: I’m weird. You can find the modalities I use here. This will help you to know some of the lingo so you know what to look and ask for based on what you’ve responded well to in the past. Or what you’d like to experience more of. I’ll be more than happy to tell you what I’ve noticed about what kind of techniques your body seems to respond well to and who I think you should check out.
Here Are My Referrals You can find this list in a separate file here.
Teresa Eisenlohr is a licensed massage therapist who's also an ordained Presbyterian pastor with a Ph.D. in Christian theology. Needless to say, it's been a weird and interesting healing journey.