Just a few months ago the Massage Therapist that I see asked me when I would begin following the advice that I give to clients. Whomp!
The realization that despite my mind believing I'm still 30 years old, my body is saying a loud and clear "Hey, NO!" Not easy to come to grips with, but while I do practice self-care, I need to develop a deeper understanding of my limitations.
To deny my own limitations is to block my personal growth as well as self-compassion. Society, media and our fast-paced lifestyles define limitations as something to push past, conquer and overcome. In other words to be invincible, as though we're not human. It seems to have limitations makes us weak, unable, and viewed as giving up. But is that really true?
In recognizing our limitations we can avoid stress, burnout, pain and fatigue and embrace body awareness, self-love and empower ourselves. It's actually a show of strength to be in a state of self-awareness where we learn to acknowledge our boundaries, physically, emotionally and mentally, and stay within them.
A really tough decision to come to, but after 28+ years my body is telling me to take some of the modalities that I offer "off the table". The changes won't affect too many clients, such as, in the case of massage the majority of clients already find my moderate pressure massage deep enough. There are 4 or 5 die-hard deep tissue fans though, and I am happy to refer them to my Calgary colleague Twyla Walker, RMT (she also offers prenatal massage!).
I will continue to see those Prenatal clients that I have started working with, however will not be taking new prenatal clients. I really look forward to continuing to offer Holistic Therapies for years to come and am happy to answer any questions you may have.