Healing Hands

Yesterday was my usual weekly volunteering stint at our local Hospice. I help out in the Admin office with spreadsheets, databases etc to free up time for the paid staff for more patient-centred activities.

Towards the end of my shift, a lovely lady therapist popped her head round the door and asked if I would like a neck and shoulder massage.  Would I ever!!

For the past few months I have been suffering from a niggling stiff neck and shoulder. It just comes and goes but is always worse at night.

The massage only lasted probably around 5 minutes but it was oh so wonderful.  She was very slow and gentle but still firmly digging and squeezing the muscles that hurt.  Afterwards I felt so relaxed I nearly fell asleep.

If you ever get offered a neck massage, go for it.




4 comments:

  1. I have arthritis in my neck and do exercises morning and night and once every six weeks go for a good massage. I know how good it feels and how easy it is to drop off to sleep.

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    1. Oh, I am sorry to hear about the arthritis. I understand that it can be quite debilitating. I hope that I get another opportunity to experience a neck massage at one of my future volunteering shifts.

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  2. That sounds so lovely! How kind of her to offer you the massage. I've never gone for a professional massage, but at the beginning of the summer I usually treat myself to a pedicure. They give a short neck and shoulder massage as your nails are drying and it feels just wonderful.

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    1. Oooh, that sounds quite decadent! I have never had a pedicure - I hate anyone touching my feet. It seems that the therapists at the hospice are volunteers and if they have finished with all the patients that need their attention they pop into the staff offices to offer their services. It is a lovely, cheerful, friendly place. despite its overall purpose.

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