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My Journey: Step 5 — Touch Therapy

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

June 22, 2011. Written by Leila Ruth Novales

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

~Leo F. Buscaglia (American guru, tireless advocate of the power of love, 1924-1998)


June 22, 2011 – Wednesday


Breakfast:  1 c. muesli with soya milk, 1 c. hot chocolate wth Lifestream’s Ultimate Greens

Lunch:  Chicken Avocado Salad with arugula and pear; fresh carrot apple ginger juice

Dinner:   Veggie spaghetti (grilled zucchini, eggplant and spinach and fresh tomato sauce); 1/2 liter honey grapefruit tea

Snack:  1/2 c. Frozen lychee yogurt with sprinkling of sunflower seeds, granola, ground cashews and almonds, dark chocolate shavings, mango bits, frozen blueberries and a tad of dark chocolate syrup

Alcohol:  5 oz. Merlot

Physical Activity:  20 minutes walking

Treatment/Therapy:  Amazing 2-hour head, neck, shoulder and back massage at Oriental Taipan

Medication:  Yes

Sleep:  5 hours

Positive Thoughts:  It can only get better!

Blood Pressure:  AM:  145/90      PM:   144/97


I had a very easy but PAINFUL morning.  Easy because I had rearranged my classroom to accommodate the children’s new interest in using their gross motor muscles a lot and playing musical instruments.  They seem to want a break from fine motor skills activities.  So my classroom now has a tunnel tent, bins of various percussion instruments (shakers, bells, sand blocks, small hand drums), scarves, large puzzles, wooden toy cars, foam musical balls, small beach balls, and lots of space for them to play and run around in.  Of course, their favorite blocks are still there as well as the popular art activities and Practical Life materials.  My new classroom set up was a huge hit with the children.  We let our unit songs play on the whole morning. Whenever children heard a song they liked, they would immediately do the actions to the song or get the appropriate musical instrument or prop (like a scarf) for it and sing the song.


But I digress… I was in pain because of my neck and upper back.  Since Sunday, it had been hurting even though I have been doing some gentle stretches every morning. This morning, however, the pain was really bad, and it felt like it was radiating upwards my head, especially the right side and I could hardly move.  It was so painful, I wanted to cry so badly.   It was scary because of the pain radiating upwards.  It’s supposed to radiate downwards if it’s due to my herniated cervical disc.  So I started having scary thoughts of my blood pressure spiking and me going through a stroke!  I decided to get a massage during my lunch break.  As I walked to the massage place, I kept chanting to myself over and over again, “I am healthy, strong, and well.”  My massage therapist was amazing!  He massaged me in ways I didn’t think was possible and stretched and massaged me at the same time and stretched me in absolutely pain-relieving ways!  At the end of two hours, I could move my neck and upper body easily once again.  The pain was still there but it was greatly diminished and there was no longer any stiffness.  Amazing!  This guy (No. 317) is going to be my massage therapist from now on!  It cost me quite a bit but every fen (centavo) was definitely worth it!


I usually have a massage at least every two weeks and have back scraping and cupping (traditional Chinese treatments) done once a month. (I’ll tell you just what these two treatments are next time.)  They do greatly help relieve my back and neck pain.  Plus you can’t deny the benefits that this kind of touch therapy can give you.  Maybe I can share with you the benefits of massage next time when I have more time to write.  And elaborate more on the power of touch.


So, what are your thoughts on massage therapy?


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