Following is a guest blog by Elena Davis, owner and massage therapist at Peace of Mind Massage in south Denver. I met Elena at my “poetry burial” for dias de los muertos (Days of the Dead) in November 2012. I retired five poems from performance. Elena then came to the community“poetry burial” I hosted for winter solstice that year. I was inspired by the way she spoke about the healing art of massage therapy. I experienced injury from a car accident in August 2013. Elena and the therapists at her practice have been extremely helpful to my healing process. They have also taught me a lot about the art that is inherent in our bodies and basic movements. I asked Elena to write about her art for The Artist Lens. ~ Molina Speaks
“The Art of Massage”
by Elena Davis, LMT, NCTMB, Owner
Peace of Mind Massage, INC.
I could say that I found the healing arts when I was 18 years old and went to Massage Therapy school. But, that would imply that one can not be born with the healing arts as an innate talent like other traditional art forms. As a child I naturally rubbed my parents feet and hands. As a teenager I comforted friends with shoulder rubs. It was a natural gift that took me 18 years to comprehend as something I could actually do for a living. Massage Therapy is often a second career for people as I discovered when I was one of the youngest in my class. The slogan for the school I attended (Central Florida School of Massage Therapy) was “A life evolving experience”. And, it truly was for me and many of my classmates. The technical application, anatomy and physiology, and pathology education is very important to building a strong knowledgeable foundation. However, the third eye opening, spiritual experience that one can go through in Massage school is what really helps form the healing art portion of bodywork. A therapist who does not go through spiritual and artistic growth during their career may deliver a technically precise massage but it will lack in creativity.
The creative aspect of Massage is similar to painting, writing, and playing an instrument in many ways.