Today is ‘What matters to you’ day, which aims to encourage and support conversations between healthcare professionals and the individuals / families / carers who receive that care. It wants to shift the focus of conversations from ‘what is wrong with you’ to ‘what matters to you’.

 

I would like to think that this is how we work as holistic therapists. In my own journey towards becoming a massage therapist and aromatherapist in spite of my own disability, client-centred massage therapists have played a crucial role in my healing, through their love and acceptance of my body as it is, blindness, interesting posture, dreadful balance, tight muscles, warts and all! (Only joking about the warts!)

 

In my work as a sports/remedial massage therapist, I see all sorts of people with diverse goals and issues which matter to them. On the one hand, I have worked with athletes preparing for or recovering from marathons and triathlons. . On the other hand, I feel most rewarded and inspired by the apparently small goals which clients achieve: an elderly woman who was tickled pink because she could stand up without backache for long enough to make a batch of scones; a man recovering from three strokes who managed to walk a mile around town without his legs cramping up; a young woman who was thrilled with a good night’s sleep uninterrupted by muscle spasms or asthma attacks. What matters to our clients/patients is why we do what we do and why we love it!

 

Huge thanks to @CNHC_UK for bringing this important topic to my attention! For more information about #WhatMattersToYouDay, check out

https://www.england.nhs.uk/what-matters-to-you/

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